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The drafting of a family chart was suggested by Mrs. J. 
R. Baird, and was begun by her brother, T. C. Catchings, 
and finished by Mrs. M. C. Torrey, their sister. 

This chart is dedicated to the memory of our father, and 
is compiled mostly from information furnished by kind 
relatives, of those born and reared in Virginia, Georgia and 
Mississippi. It is to be regretted that, aside from old Bible 
records of births and deaths, the knowledge of our ancestors 
now in possession of those living is vague and meagre. It 
is hoped the data given in this chart may prove a valuable 
reference for future generations : also that great charity will 
be shown for unintentional errors ; much care and patience 
having been expended in gathering and arranging into aa 
correct form as possible the different branches descended 
from our forefathers in America. 


Page 36, No. 258, second line, should read, she was, for 
she is. 

Page 37, line 17 from bottom, should read Dr. T. C. 
Catchings, for Dr. T. Catchings. 

Page 41, last line but one in last paragraph but one, 
should read, Rufus K. Arthur, for Rufus K. Arthen. 

Page 43, last line, should read 1861, for 1862. 

Page 45, line 20 from bottom, read Maurice, for Mauriel. 

Page 53, third line, should read Low, for Law ; fifth line 
should read Galignam for Galagni. 

Page 68, Paragraph two should read : "Before my hus- 
band's death, he frequently spoke of the songs I used to 
sing when young. N. M. C." 

Page 73, No. 736, read Catchings, after Hallette Hudson. 

Page 74, Numbers 747, 748 and 749, should follow No. 
515, page 155. 

Page 76, line six from bottom, should read Adalaide 
Wolfe, for Adelaide, etc. 

Page 93, second paragraph, third line, should read April 
26, for April 21. 

Page 94, fifth line from bottom, should read. Girls hold- 
ing up hers, for holding up him. 

Page 98, line four from bottom, read left me for left us. 

Page 102, in line 17 read Wm. Johns, for Mr. Johns. 

Page 106, read Bolton Depot, for Batton Depot. 

Page 108, read "For" at beginning of line one. 

Page 123, end of second line, third paragraph, read my, 
x^r any. 

Page 129, end of line six, paragraph four, read T. D, 
Bratton for Wm. M. Green. 

Page 137, line 16 from bottom, read in, for ni. 


The plan of this book is simple. It is arranged to facili- 
tate reference to a name or a family. While it contains 
much valuable historical and biographical material, it is 
primarily genealogical and for that reason no effort has been 
made to arrange the matter either chronologically^ or with 
reference to its importance. 

It will be observed that the names of those whose lineage 
is traced are numbered consecutively. In addition, each 
name is followed by a number in parentheses which refers 
back to the parents of the person named. This should make 
it easy to trace any name in the book. 

Every name in the book has been indexed. As is custom- 
ary in works of this sort words most frequently occurring 
have been abbreviated, thus: b. born; m. married; d. died, 
etc. Wide margins and blank leaves distributed through 
the book may be used for additional notes. 



(Copied from an oil portrait, painted about 1846, while residing 

in Hinds County, Mississippi) 

(The lower lip is too full as copied) 



"The first record to be found of the name in America is 
^hat of Henry Catching, who in 1638 was a member of the 
first court held in Norfolk Parish, Va., and was a member 
of the County Commission. A record of this is in the 
Clerk's office, Portsmouth. It is conjectured that he came 
from the south of England with a Puritan colony and settled 
on the coast of Virginia in what is now Princess Anne 
County, before 1628. He was a prominent man in the 
little colony, being a county juror. When the Howards, 
Stones, Thorough goods, Lawsons, Lloyds and others went to 
the western shore of Maryland, he also moved there. Here 
his family became connected with the Seymours and Holli- 
days. When the emigration to North Carolina after 1700 
began, some of his children perhaps may have settled on 
the eastern short of that state. Others remained in Mary- 
land and when the ceded lands were opened, Benjamin 
Catchings, descendant of Henry, came to these lands in 
Wilkes County, Ga." 

(Rev.) Geo. G. Smith, Vineville, Ga." 

When the first immigrants of the name, prior to the Revo- 
lutionary War, came to America, some think they landed 
in Maryland, going from there to Virginia and finally to 
Georgia, where Merideth, Joseph, Philip, Seymour and Ben- 
jamin settled, and that the last four were sons of Merideth 

"Benjamin Catching was Assistant County Surveyor of 
Washington County, Ga., in 1784. In 1780 and 1782 he was 
Assistant Judge of the County of Wilkes. He was a member 
of the Legislature. Benjamin Catching was granted 300 
acres, 1784; 200 acres, 1784; 112 acres, 1792; and 112 acres 
in 1795, all on Little River in Wilkes County, Ga. Benjamin 
Catching, Esq., was a member of the General Assembly 
1783 and 1784 and February 17, 1784, was paid 28 pounds 
for attendance." Sam D. Fanning, Ordinary, Washington, 
Ga. April 5, 1912." 

The first Grand Jury of Jones County, Ga., had as mem- 
bers Seymour and Phillip Catching. 

"Seymour Catching was granted 400 acres on Little River 
in 1784 and 93 acres in 1790. Meredith Catching was grantd 
100 acres on Little River in 1784, 400 acres on Kettle Creek 
in 1786, and 250 acres on Kettle Creek, in 1791, all in Wilkes 

County. Joseph Catching was granted 200 acres on Kettle 
Creek* in 1785 and 200 acres on Kettle Creek in 1784. Ed- 
mund Catching was granted 200 acres on Kettle Creek in 
1789. Joseph Catching was granted 287V2 acres Sept. 24, 
1784, Washington County, Ga., and 200 acres Jan. 20, 1784, 
Wilkes County, Ga. 

Sam D. Fanning, Ordinary, Washington, Ga." 

"State of Georgia 

These are to certify: 

That Benjamin Catching, a citizen and soldier, is entitled 
to two hundred and fifty acres of land, as a Bounty, agree- 
able to an Act and resolved of the General Assembly, passed 
at Augusta the 20th of Feb., 1784, as per certificate of Col. 

Given under my hand at Savannah, the 24th day of Feb. 
in the year of our Lord, 1784. J. Houston. 

Attest, D. Rees, Sec. Copied from Sec. of State Office,. 
Atlanta, Ga., 1901, by Phihp Cook, Sec. State." 
"State of Georgia 

By the Honorable John Houston, Esq., Captain General 
and Commander in Chief in and over the said State. 

To all to whom these Presents shall come — Greeting. 
Know ye. That in pursuance of the Act for opening the 
land office, and by virtue of the powers in me vested, I 
have by and with the advice and consent of the Honorable, 
the Executive Council, given and granted and by these 
presents, in the name and behalf of said State, Do give and 
grant unto Benjamin Catching, his heirs and assigns, for- 
ever all that tract or parcel of his land, containing 7871/2 
acres, situate, lying and being in the County of Washington 
and bounding v/estwardly by the Oscowee River, north- 
wardly by land of Frier and vacant land, southwardly by 
Henry Leverett's land, and eastwardly by vacant land. 

Having such shape, form and marks as appear by a plat 
of the same hereunto annexed, together with all and singU' 
lar the Rights, members and appurtenances thereof what- 
soever, to the said tract or parcel of land, belonging or in 
any wise appertaining; and also all the estate, right, title, 
interest, claim or demand of the State aforesaid, of, in to, 
or out, of the same. To have and to hold the same tract or 
parcel of land and all and singular the premises aforesaid 
and every of their rights, members, and appurtenances unto 
the said Benjamin Catching, his heirs and assigns, to his 
and their own proper use and behalf, forever, in fee simple. 


"State of Georgia. 

"This is to certify that Benjamin Catching hath stead- 
fastly done his duty from the time of passing an Act at 
Augusta, on the 20th of August, 1781, until the total expul- 


«ion of the British fix)m the State ; and this Benjamin Catch- 
ing cannot, to my knowledge and belief, be convicted of 
plundering or destroying the County, and is therefore, un- 
der the said act, entitled to a Bounty of 250 acres of land, 
free from taxes for ten years. 

"Given under my hand at Savannah, the 2nd day of Feb- 
ruary, 1784. Elijah Clark, Colonel." 
By his order, H. Freeman. 

Copied from the office of Sec. of State, Atlanta, Georgia, 
by Sec. of State, Philip Cook, 1901." 

"State of Georgia — 

"To the Honorable, the President and the members of the 
Council, now sitting in Augusta, for the purpose of grant- 
ing lands in the counties of Franklin and Washington. This 
petition of Benjamin Catching, a citizen of the State afore- 

Herewith; that your petitioner is entitled to 7871/2 acres 
■of land as a Bounty for his services, pursuant to the certifi- 
cate hereunto annexed. That the petitioner is desirous of 
taking up the said lands in the county of Washington. May 
it therefore please your honorable Board to grant your pe- 
titoner 787 V-j acres of land in the county of Washington, on 
the right aforesaid and on the complying with the terms 
mentioned in the land Act, and your petitioner will pray. 

Benjamin Catching." 

Copied from the office of Sec. of State, Atlanta, Ga., 1901. 

Given under my hand in Council and the Great Seal of 
the said State, the 22nd Day of September, in the year of 
our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, and 
in the 9th year of American Independence. 

Signed by His Honor, the Governor, in Council the 22nd 
Day of September, 1784. 

William Freeman, D. C. C." 
Registered 25th Sept., 1784. 

Office of Sec. of State, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 21, 1901. 
"The above is a true copy from the Register of Grants, 
Book D. D. D., page 507. 

Given under mv hand and Seal of office, 

Philip Cook, Sec. State. 

State of Georgia, Office of Secretary of State. 

I, Philip Cook, Sec. of St^te of Georgia, do hereby certify 
That the foregoing from pages of written and printed mat- 
ter contain a true and correct copy of the Revolutionary 
service of Benjaman Catching, as the same appears on file 
and record in the office. In testimony whereof, I have here- 
unto set my hand and affixed the seal of my office at the 


Capitol, in the city of Atlanta, this the 23rd day of Feb. 
in the year of our Lord, one thousand, nine hundred and 
one, and of the Independence of the United States of 
America, the one hundred and twenty-fifth. 

Philip Cook, Sec. of State." 

"Soldiers of the line in the Colonial Army of Georgia; 
Seymour, Joseph and Benjamin Catching. Headrights 
granted by the Colonial and State Governors of Georgia, 
Wilkes County; Seymour and Joseph Catching, 1783 and 
1785; Benjamin Catchings, 1786 and 1787; Joseph and Meri- 
deth Catching, 1784 and 1785. A convention was called by 
the Legislature of 1794 to revise the Constitution. It met 
in the spring of 1795. Benjamin Catching was a member 
from Wilkes County, together with Silas Mercer and David 
Cress well. 

Geo. G. Smith, in Story of Georgia and Georgia People." 

"Joseph Catching married Martha Townsend, Amelia 
County, Va. She was born Jan. 28, 1763. Her father 
John Townsend, came from England and settled in that 
county in 1759. He married Elizabeth Jones. When the 
first child was an infant, Joseph Catchings and Martha 
Townsend moved to Wilkes County, Ga., where they lived 
till the birth of their children and then moved to Greene 
County, where they died and are buried. Two of their 
sons married and several of their daughters married and 
died without issue. There are but few descendants. Jos- 
eph Catchings enlisted in the Colonial Army at the age of 
fifteen years. His cousin, Winfield Scott, also a mere boy, 
was with him on leaving home, where they found it almost 
unsafe to remain. In trying to reach the army they were 
captured by the British. Joseph Catchings escaped and 
reached the army. Winfield Scott accepted death by the 
enemy rather than prove disloyal to his country. I have 
been told that he was related to the American General, 
Winfield Scott. The Scotts lived on St. Peters Street, 

Carrie Wright, Covington, Ga., Nov. 12, 1897." 

Children of Joseph Catchings and Martha Townsend: 

Elizabeth Catching, b. June 15, 1783, Ameha Co., Va. 

Nancy Catching, b. May 14, 1785, Wilkes Co., Ga. 

Rhoda Catching, b. Aug. 17, 1787. 

Ezekiel Catching, b. Feb. 21, 1790. 

Sarah Catching, b. Fefe. 22, 1792, m. Aug. 13, 1807, Thos. 
Head, Greene Co., Ga. Their daughter, Artimesia Head, m. 
James Wright of Covington, Ga., who was highly educated. 
They had three children, Dr. Jos. Allen Wright, Carrie 
Artimesia Wright, who was very cultivated, and James 
Thos. Wright. The latter m. Minnie E. Powell. Their 
children were Minnie, Allen and Annie Artimesia Wright. 


"Joseph Catching received as bounty for sei'\ices in the 
Colonial Armv 887i/o acres of land in Georgia, donated in 
1781, 1784, 1785. 

B. F. Johnson, Secy. State Office, Atlanta, Ga., 1893." 

"In all countries there is a distinction between the officer 
and the private, the former receiving the higher \rages. In 
the distribution of land to the soldiers in the Colonial Army, 
the Colonels received 1200 acres while the privates got only 

Jno. Mcintosh Kell, May 16, 1893. Adjutant and Inspec- 
tor General, State of Georgia." 

"Benjamin, Seymour and Meredith Catching were officers 
in the Revoluntionary War from the number of acres given 
them as bounty for services. Under an Act passed Feb. 2, 
1798, a Major was entitled to 1000 acres. Benjamin Catch- 
ing had granted to him in 1784, and so recorded, 787V2 
acres at one time and 250 acres at another in 1790. This 
1037^'^ acres ranks him at Major and 371/2 acres over. 
Seymour Catchings had granted to him on bounty 200 
acres, 2871/2 acres, and 575 acres, receiving 62 acres over 
the necessary amount. These amounts would not have 
been granted had thev not been entitled to them. B. F. 
Johnson, Feb. 7, 1893. Secy. State Office, Atlanta, Ga." 

"The results of my investigation is: Benjamin Catching 
was a Major in the Colonial war. He was justice of the 
Peace, and at another times was Judge of Wilkes Co. He 
was a member of the Constitutional Convention. I think he 
was a Judge of the Land Court. He must have been a 
very influential and intelligent gentleman from the respon- 
.sible position he held. He was certainly a Major; also Sey- 
mour Catchings. B. F. Johnson. Secy. State Office, Atlanta, 
Ga., Oct. 15, 1894." 

"Seymour Catchings was granted 200 acres Jan. 20, 1784. 
Wilkes County, Ga., 200 acres more Jan. 20, 1784, and 575 
acres Dec. 31, 1784, Washington Co., Ga. Sam. D. Fanning, 
Washington, Ga." 

"We have no further account of Seymour Catching or his 
descendants than the above. The lands granted him were 
in Wilkes Co. I find a deed made and signed by Meredith 
Catching to John Perteet to a piece of land on Kettle Creek, 
Wilkes Co., Ga., Feb. 10, 1806. I also find a power of attor- 
ney recorded, signed by Joseph Catching, Baldwin Co., Ga., 
on Oct. 25, 1822, vested in Joseph by Phillip Catching, both 
of Pike Co., Miss., nominated and appointed Benjamin 
Catching of Putnam Co., Ga., Seymour Catching of Jones 
Co., Ga. These were given all powers to dispose of all prop- 
erty in the State of Georgia for these parties. A. A. Bar- 
nett, Clerk C. 0., Washington, Ga., Nov. 30, 1897." 

"Meredith Catching was granted 100 acres Feb. 6, 1784, 
Wilkes Co., Ga. Meredith Catching deeded to John Peteet 


247 acres of land Feb. 10, 1806. Meredith Catching, Sr., 
deeded to Meredith Catching-, Jr., a tract of land for a 
thousand dollars. Meredith Catching (Seal). Christopher 
Irvin, J. P. Recorded Oct. 21, 1801. Meredith Catching 
deeded to his son, Meredith Jr., nine negroes, July 19, 1798. 
Meredith Catching (Seal). Letters of appointment to Mere- 
dith Catching to administer the estate of Meredith Catch- 
ing, deceased. The last will and testament of Anastasia 
Catching, deceased, proved and citation issued to Meredith 
Catching, to obtain letters of administration with the will 
annexed of said deceased. Letters of administration cum 
testaments annexed to Anastasia Catching, deceased, were 
granted to Meredith Catching, Administrator, May 10, 1807. 
The account of the sale of Anastasia Catching, deceased, 
Meredith Catching, Adm. The will of Anastasia Catching 
was sworn to in open court, April 6, 1807. Her children ' 
were Meredith, Isaac Wilkes, Nancy Murphey, Richard 
Madden, Kate Fletcher. Grandsons, Richard Trale and 
Davis Madden. "The records in my office show that the 
names of Anis Catching is spelled in several ways, viz. 
Anastara, Anastacy. In the clerk's office it is spelled An- 
nis Statia. (Stacy Fletcher is mentioned in the will of 
Anastasia Catching.) Sam D. Fanning, Ordinary Washing- 
ton, Ga., Apr. 5, 1912." 

"Uncle Meredith Catchings lived in Wilkes Co., Ga., at one 
time but I know very little of his history. An old record 
from Wilkes Superior Court, Clerk's Office, show deed from 
Meredith Catching and Annis S. Catching to James Stringer, 
dated December 5, 1791, in deed book 1793. Artimesia - 
Wright, Covington, Ga., Feb. 16, 1894." 

"Nancy Catching cams to see my mother when I was a 
child. I remember her very well. She told about being 
burned out by the Indians and what a narrow escape they 
made from death. M. C. Broaddus, April 21, 1894. Monti- 
cello, Ga." 

The following are supposed to have been brothers, and 
that their father was Merideth Catching and their mother 
a Miss Scott of England: 

1. Benjamin Catching. 

2. Philip Catching. 

3. Joseph Catching. 

4. Seymour Catching. 

5. Merideth Catching. 

"There were evidently two Benjamin Catchings in Geor- 
gia in early days. The name of Kitchens is found in Eng- 
land in the armory. Geo. G. Smith, Macon, Ga., 1901." 

Perhaps the following Benjamin Kitchens w'as one of the 
above, with name changed for some cause. 

From the War Department, Washington,D. C. 

"Benjamin Kitchen born in South Hampton Co., Va., 


1763, enlisted in the Revolutionary War from Nash Co., N. 
C. ; was sergeant from 1776 to 1778 ; was captain from 1778 
to 1781 ; escaped three days before Charleston surrendered ; 
followed Cornwallis to Yorktown, Va. ; was slightly wounded 
in battle of Camden, He removed from N. C. to Washing- 
ton Co., Ga., three or four years after the war; to Natchez, 
Miss., in 1798 and to Rapides Parish, La., in Jan., 1816. He 
married a lady in Natchez, in 1832. He had several young 
children by his second wife; and also had a son, Wm. H, 
Kitchen, and a son Benjamin, the last is said to have died 
in the Creek War." 

"Benjamin C, my gr-father, b. in Ga., 1775. My gr. gr. 
father, Merideth C., moved from Ga. to Ky., Knox Co., 
about 1800. W. B. Catching, London, Ky., May 11, 1912." 

"London, Kentucky, Oct. 16, 1919. 

"To the best of his knowledge Mr. W. B. Catching's 
great-grand-father was Meredith Catching, and the family 
originally came from Ga. He does not know his great-grand- 
mother's name. Grand-father, Benjamin Catching, 1773- 
1864, Grandmother, Elizabeth Witt, 1790-1830, father, Caleb 
Witt Catching. 1821-1881, mother Elizabeth Sparks, 1827- 

Mr. William Burton Catching is president of the First 
National Bank London, Ky., born 1857, married Elizabeth 
Hardin, of Ky., 1881. Have two sons, Roscoe Mark, bom 
1881, Harry Hardin, 1888. Roscoe was married to Cynthia 
Campbell, Winchester, Ky., 1907, and has four children, 
Bruce, Elizabeth Hardin, Sarah and Isabelle. Harry was 
married to Lillian Eastridge, Washington, Ind., 1915. H. 
H. Catching graduated March 21, 1912, from the Boston, 
Mass., School of Technology. 

The following are the names of Mr. Catching's sisters 
and brothers, Matilda. Eliza, Elizabeth, Eldorado, Ida, Ben- 
jamin, James, Charles, Richard, Christopher Witt. It 
would be impossible for me to give you the names of their 
children, as most of them have large families. Elizabeth 
had fifteen children. 

I know that Mr. Catching had three, if not four, uncles 
and two aunts. The uncles, William, Frank and I think, 
John. I do not know the names of the aunts. Elizabeth 
Harding Catching, 1919." 

"The deeds to my land show that in 1785 there was a 
grant to Benjamin Catching of 300 acres. Mildred and his 
wife owned land to the east of my place in 1810. I have a 
deed showing that her place was owned in 1820 by Silas 
Catching. An old gentleman neighbor, who was 83 years 
old, knew Mr. Silas Catching and thinks he moved West. 
J. A. Shank, Aonia, Ga., Dec. 3, 1898." 

"Silas Catching and wife moved to Wetumpka, Ala., many 
years ago." 


"During the Revolutionary War, Benj. Catching was one 
of the three Assistant Judges who held a court in Wilkes 
Co., six miles north of Washington, Georgia, in which 
Stephen Heard, President of the Executive Council of the 
State, was foreman of the grand jury. This court began 
25th Aug., 1779, and nine tories were hung on the 3d and 
6th of September, for horse stealing, hog stealing, treason, 
and murder. The minute book containing the record of 
this trial is in a fair state of preservation. It is bound in 
untanned dog skin. The trial was held thirteen miles 
from Heard's Fort, now Washington, and was held by Hon. 
Wm. Downs, Benj. Catching and Absalom Bedell, Assist- 
ant Judges of the county aforesaid." The original minute 
book containing an account of the trial was loaned by Rev. 
Geo. G. Smith of Macon, Ga. The above copy was made 
from it. 

"The tories tried to kill Benjamin Catching, and once 
left him for dead. He feigned death till they went away, 
after shooting him. Tradition says that after being shot 
by the tories, that a silk handkerchief was passed through 
his body by the surgeons. Dr. Frank K. Norman, Mem- 
phis, Tenn., Jan., 1912." 

"In council. Savannah, Ga., Thurs., Sept. 2, 1779. A let- 
ter from Colonels Downs and Benjamin Catching was read 
and filed. Vol. II, p. 177, Revolutionary Records of Georgia, 
by Ex-Governor Candler, from Minutes of the Executive 
Council, p. 178. The following answer was returned to let- 
ter received this day from Cols. Downs and Benj. Catching: 
"Gentlemen: We have received yours, 30th of August and 
also been informed of the proceedings of your court and 
in consequence thereof send you orders for the execution 
of Edmond Downey and John Bennefield with the pardon 
for the others that were condemned, which you will please 
to transmit immediately to the Sheriff of your county in 
order to have them executed. Council would wish to par- 
don Downey also, but being fully informed of Ms commit- 
ting a number of most atrocious crimes think they cannot 
do it consistent with that justice which is due the State. 
The Council are of the opinion that these persons they 
have pardoned should not know it till the day of execution ; 
that they should be carried to the place of execution and 
see the others executed. The Council also desire you'll 
apply to Colonel Dooly for a guard to conduct them down 
to Gen. Mcintosh's headquarters, in order that he may send 
them to the Commander in Chief." J. G. B. Bulloch, 2122 
P. St., N. W., Washington, D. C." 

"February 25, 1784. The speaker then signed the ac- 
counts of the members for their attendance this session; 
Benjamin Catching, Esq., 28 pounds. Journal, House of 
Assembly, Savannah, Ga." 


"Journal, House of Assembly, Vol. 3, page 39. January 
3, 1782. The petition of Benj. Catchings and John McCar- 
thy was read and referred to the committee on petitions, 
Savannah, Ga." 

"January 12, 1782, page 75, Vol. 3. The house then ap^ 
pointed the following justices for the different counties. 
For Wilkes County, Benjamin Catching, and others." 

"April 30, 1782, Tuesday, Vol. 3, page 105. From State 

"Resolved that the following persons be appointed Jus- 
tices for the County of Wilkes in lieu of those appointed 
January last; Benjamin Catching and others." 

"From State Archives Savannah, Jany. 7, 1783, Vol. ^, 
page 191: 

The following members being returned for the present 
year, attended and qualified : Viz. for the County of Wilkes, 
Benj Catching and others. 

Savannah, January 9, 1783 : The Yeas and Nays were 
calle<:l for by Mr. Telfair whether Mr. Adams should be 
admitted to vacate his seat. Yeas, Benj. Catching and 

"From State Archives, January 11, 1783, Journal House 
of Assembly. Motion being made and seconded for a bill 
to take the name of Wm. Stephens, Esq., from and out of 
the Emercement Law ; votes Nay, Mr. Retchings and others, 
Vol. 3, page 202." 

"From State Archives, Friday, Jan. 17, 1783. 

Resolved that a committee be appointed to examine and 
report to this house such proceedings of the aforesaid Coun- 
cils and Assemblies as ought to be ratified and confirmed by 
this Legislature. Yeas, Mr. Catching and others. Vol. 
m, p. 225." 

"Jan. 17, 1783, Vol. HI, p. 226. Motion, that all the pow- 
ers vested in the Board of Commissioners for making sale 
of confiscated and amerced property be postponed. Yeas, 
Mr. Catching and others." 

Benjamin Catchings, born Oct. 31, 1748, married Mildred 
Criddle, March 6, 1769. She w^as born March 5, 1749, and 
was a daughter of Humphrey Criddle and wife Mildred 
King, Bedford Co., Va. (Bedford Co. was formed from 
Campbell Co. and Campbell Co. from Lunenburg Co., Va.) 
The will of Humphrey Criddle was dated March 14, 1780, 
and hers Oct. 2, 1794. Their children were Elizabeth Key, 
Mrs. Mildred Catchings, Martha Stearman, Nancy Jones, 
Franky Bailey, Savage Bailey and Franky Criddle, m. Nov. 
2, 1789 Kesiah Houston, and Mary Timberlake. It is 
supposed the children of Mrs. Chas. Timberlake (Mary 
Criddle) were Mary, Phillip, Wm. K., Richard, John, Mildred 
East, Pollie Harris, Sallie Burnett, Nancy Fret well, Frances 
Burnett and Peggie Timberlake. 


(One of the witnesses to the will of Mildred Criddle was 
Wm. King Timberlake. Two of her executors were Wm. 
Stearman and Charles Timberlake. They had sons Richard 
and John Criddle. Richard Timberlake served under Gen. 
Forbes in the French war of 1758 and may have been a 
kinsman. After 1799 the Timberlakes spread from Caro- 
line Co., to Albermarle and Bedford Co., Va. Mr. Buford 
(historian) gives information that "Colonial Military Roster 
of Soldiers of Bedford Co., Va., who engaged in warfare 
M^ith Indians, French and British before, and during the 
Revolutionary war, shows the name of Richard Timberlake, 
a private." Reference, Virginia Colonial Militia, edited by 
Wm. Armstrong Crozier, Bedford Co., Va., 1758. Vol. 8. 
Source Henning." The first immigrant to America by the 
name of Henry Timberlake, came with the Tuckers, Turners 
and others and settled on the Eastern Shore of Va., 1620. 
One witness to the will of Humphrey Criddle was Charles 

Kesiah Criddle m. Samuel Houston (not Gen. Samuel 
Houston) and moved with him to S.Carolina. The name of 
Samuel Houston appears in the clerk's rc-jords of Anderson, 
S. C, in a transfer of 245 acres of land to Josiah Houston, 
Jan. 13, 1823. The names of Henry and Thomas Houston 
also are there and in the office of Judge of Probate, in An- 
derson, are Thomas and Sarah Houston, with records of 
their wills. Samuel Houston also obtained grants of land 
in Pendleton Co., 1908; Abbeville Co., 1811; Josiah and 
Alexander Houston obtained grants in Pendleton Co., 1801, 
1813, 1819. 

"There is an old lady, Mrs. Calhoun, from Abbeville Co., 
living here, who is a niece of Gov. Noble, of South Carolina. 
Her grandmother was a Houston. Mrs. Calhoun had three 
great uncles, William, Alexander and Samuel Houston, who 
moved to Mississippi. Mrs. Calhoun is a gt. grand daughter 
of Gen. Andrew Pickens of revolutionary fame, and I think 
she said her great-grand father was Alexander Houston, 
Mrs. Marv Waddell Houston, Clemson College, S. C, Jan. 
13, 1913." 

"Nov. 8, 1796. Power of Atty. in clerk's office. Benj. 
Catching to Henry Houston of Pendleton Co., S. Ca., and 
more especially bequeathed to me by Mildred Credell of 
Va. (Campbell Co.) 

Sam. D. Fanning 
Ordinary, Washington, Ga., 

April 5, 1912." 

Benjamin Catching and his wife were both natives of 
Virginia. She was 90 years of age at her death. They 
lived on their plantation near Washington, Ga., to which 
place they moved about 1769, soon after their marriage. 
He died July 31, 1798. Mrs. Benjamin Catching, in her old 



(Nee Mildred Griddle ( 

(Copied from an oil i>orti-ait painted about 1769 

in Virginia soon after marriafrel 

age, lived with her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Arnett (Anne 
Catching) . 

"Am't of sales of Benjamin Catching's estate, late of 
this Co., deceased, made and sold by Milly Catchings, adm., 
Dec. 9, 1799; recorded Dec. 24, 1799. A division of the 
estate of Benj. Catchings made Jan. 8, 1801. On petition 
of Elisha Moran, Feby. term, 1801-4, no person gainsaying 
the same. 

It is ordered that the adm. of said Benj. C, dec'd, do 
execute title to the tract of land agreeable to the bond of 
Benj. Cathing adm. of Benj. C, dec'd. Made a return of 
accounts. Milly Catching, adm. of the estate of Benj. 
Catching, deceased. Wm. Leverett and Jno. Park, security. 
Amounf of bond, $8,000.00. Sept. 17, 1798." 

"Letters of adm, issued to Ann Arnett to adm. the estate 
of Mildred Catching, dec'd, and that she give bond and 
security in the terms of the law for $16,000.00, Nov. 2, 
1840. Ordered that Ann Arnett be and is appointed adm. 
on the estate of Benj. Catching, dec'd, and give bond and 
security in the sum of $20,000.00, Nov. 2, 1840. Ordered 
that Ann Arnett admix, of Mildred Catching, dec'd, do 
proceed to sell the land and negroes belonging to the estate 
of said Mildred Catching, Jan. 1, 1844." Sam. D. Fanning, 
Ordinary, Washington, Ga., April 5, 1912." 

"In regard to the location of the graves, as far as I 
have been able to ascertain, they are on the bank of Little 
River, about ten miles from Washington, Ga., at what is 
known as the old site of Philips Mill Church, and very 
close to Quaker Springs. The best way to reach the loca- 
tion is from Ficklen, Ga., about six miles from Washington. 
The D. A. R. Society may assist in the location, etc. The 
head stones have been stolen or misplaced in some w^ay. 
The old graves were perhaps in Taliaferro Co., Ga. 

Robt. I. Fanning, Asst. P. M., 
Washington, Ga., Sept. 11, 1912." 



"The following record was copied from the family Bible 
of their son, Joseph Catching, and wife, Mary Holliday. It 
was owned in 1899 by Dr. Benj. H. Catching, of Atlanta, 
Ga., their great grandson. 

6. Benjamin Catching, Jr. (1) b. Oct. 31, 1798, m. Nancy 
Martin, of Md., sister of Frances M., who married his 
brother Seymour. 

7. Seymour Scott Catching, (1) b. January 9, 1770, m. 
Frances Martin, Md., sister of his brother Benjamin's wife. 

8. Ann Catching, (1) b. October 9, 1779. 

9. Philip Catching (1) b. Dec. 15, 1776, in Wilkes Co., 
Ga. Moved to Pike Co., Miss., in 1809, and then moved in 
1818 to Georgetown, Miss., near the place afterwards known 


as Rockport. His plantation was on Pearl River, where 
he died, Dec. 18, 18 — , and was buried. Before leaving 
Georgia he married Miss Josie Barnes whose family came 
from the eastern shore of Maryland. His sons were Dr. 
Joseph Blair Catching, Noel Catching and Philip Scott 

10. Jos. Catching, (1) b. Jan. 24, 1782, d. July 22, 1852, 
m. Mary Holliday, about 1800. Moved to Pike Co., Miss., 

11. Jonathan Catching (1) b. Feb. 9, 1786, m. Lourainey 
Thompson, of Ga., first v/ife, m.oved to Mississippi about 

12. Silas Catching, (1) b. Sept. 4, 1788, moved to We- 
tumpka, Ala., many years ago, m. Francina Rogers. 

13. William Catching, (1) b. March 1, 1772, died Auo-. 
15, 1772. 


14. Seymour Scott Catching, M. D., (6), of Georgia; m. 
Eliza West, Stewart Co., Ga., Apr. 26, 1831, by James Arm- 
strong, M. G. 

15. William Catching, (6) Ga., was a fine scholar and 
spent most of his time in reading. He was drowned in 


16. Seymour Scott Catching, Jr., (14), Ga., was a sharp- 
shooter for four years during the Civil War. He sur- 
rendered with Gen. Robt. E. Lee. He was transported by 
the U. S. government to Point Lookout and was never 
heard of afterwards. 

17. Levisa Jane Catching, (14), m. Mr. E. P. Chamber- 
lain, a rich merchant, of the firm of Chamberlain and John- 
son, Atlanta. 

18. Camilla Catching, (14), m. John Wilson, Paris, Ky. 

19. Josephine Catching, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

20. Walter Catching, (14), m. Miss Handliter, Atlanta, 

21. Phillip Adolphus Catching, (14), Americus, Ga. 



22. Edward Payson Chamberlain, Jr., (17), m. Kate Mc- 
Carthv, Columbus, Miss. 

23. Eva Gertrude Chamberlain, (17), m. June 17, 1903, 
Julian Wistar Biddle, of Md. They m. in San Francisco, 
Cal., but reside in San Jose, California. 

24. Allen Chamberlain (17). 

25. Pauline Chamberlain (17). 

26. William Chamberlain, (17), deceased. 




27. Seymour Wilson (18), m. in Philadelphia, Pa. 

28. Nannie Catching Wilson (18), m. John Ingraham 
Bronson. Thev live at Riverside, Jacksonville, Fla. 

"On Feb. 8, 1912 ( ?) John I. Bronson, Jr., 19 years of age 
was drovv'ned in St. John's river off Riverside, Fla., at 
8 a. m.: v/as endeavoring to recover his small boat, which 
had slipped from its mooring at the dock in front of his 
father's home and had been carried into the river by the 
tide. The funeral services were conducted by W. L. C. 
Mahon of the Baptist Church. The body was shipped to 
Macon, Ga., for interment. He was of the senior class of 
the Duval High School and an all around athlete and splen- 
did swimmer. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John I. Bronson. — From 
Florida Times-Union, Feb. 18, 1912 (?)" 

Hie5lff/ t^I«raU BIDDLE 

30. Francis Biddle (23) 

31. Noble Biddle (23). 

Seymour Scott Catching (1), son of Benjamin Catching 
and wife, Mildred Criddle, m. Frances Martin, Md., sister 
of his brother Benjamin Catching, Jr.s wife. They had 
onechild, Phillip Catching. 

32. Phillip Catching, born May 3, 1804, Jones Co., Ga., 
m., Matilda Hutchings, Oct. 28, 1824. She was also of 
Jones Co. He traveled in his carriage with his negro driver 
over many states in search of health but died suddenly away 
from home. 



33. Robt. Seymour Catching (32), b. Sept. 22, 1825, in 
Jones Co., Ga., m. Miss Louise Jones, Dec. 29, 1845. They 
first lived in Lumpkin, Stewart Co., Ga., but moved to 
Albany, Ga.. where he died, Feb. 14, 18— (?) 

84. Martha Cordelia Catching (32), b. Jones Co., July 8, 
1827, m. Dr. Thos. Coke Broaddus, Monticello, Ga., Oct. 21, 
1845. She d. March 6, 1900. 

35. Elbert Green Catching (32), b. July 18, 1829, m. hi§i. 
first cousin, Annie Drusilla Hutchings, Clinton, Jones Co., 
Ga., June 15, 1853. He d. Nov. 25, 1865. 

36. William Henry Catching (32), b. Sept. 4, 1831, Jones 
Co., Ga., d. June 2, 1837. 



37. Fanny Catching (3*3). 

38. Cordelia Catching (33) 

39. Charles Catching (33). 




40. Thomas Phillip Broadus (34), b. Sept. 21, 1846, d. 
March 21, 1864, at school in Marietta, Ga. 

41. Matilda Agnes Broaddus (34), b. Nov. 4, 1849, m. 
Wm. Reed, Sept. 1, 1869, Monticello, Ga. No issue. 

"My mother, Mrs. Dr. T. C. Broaddus, nee Martha Cor- 
delia Catching, was born an aristocrat and maintained her 
position under all circumstances with dignity and grace. 
She was an extraordinary woman in every respect. She 
was a friend to everyone and beloved by all. She was 
strongly attached to her relatives and her hospitality knew 
no bounds. She was a consecrated Christian and served 
her Master with devotion and zeal. Her magnanimity, 
superior intellect, and efficiency as a musician enabled her 
to do much good in the church. The world was better for 
her having lived in it. I have a very handsome portrait 
of her mother, Mrs. Phillip Catching, nee Matilda Hutch- 
ings ; also oil paintings of Uncle Elbert G. Catching and 
his wife, Annie Hutchings. These portraits were painted 
before my birth. I cannot remember when my mother did 
not have her mother's. She wore a lace cap tied under her 
chin. Uncle Elbert and Aunt Annie were young when 
their portraits were painted. He wore a very high collar 
and old-fashioned stock. Her hair was combed ver>' 
smoothly over her ears, with very long ear rings, and a 
mantilla around her shoulders. Mother gave me a piece of 
imported thread lace that was a part of her grandmother's 
cap border. This lace cost $5.00 per yard and there were 
five yards around the cap. I put this lace on a silk quilt. 
—Matilda Agnes Reid, Monticello, Ga., Nov. 30, 1912." 

42. Annie Jordan Broaddus (34), b. May 31, 1853, in 
Monticello, Ga., m. Dr. James Webb, Snapping Shoals, Ga., 
Newton Co., Nov. 22, 1871, d. June 18, 1892. 

43. Edward Asburv Broaddus (34), b. Nov. 23, 1858, d. 
Jan. 13, 1864. 

44. Elbert Seymour Broaddus (34), b. Sept. 21,1863, m. 
Miss Ida Hatfield, Monticello, Ga., June 20, 1903. 


45. Phillip Augustus Webb (42), b. Aug. 20, 1872, Mon- 
ticello, Ga., m. Miss Alice Kate Shaw, of Jasper Co., Ga., 
March 3, 1892. Their only son, Phillip Augustus Webb, Jr., 
was b. Sept. 10, 1903. 

46. Agnes Cordelia Webb (42), b. Nov. 16, 187—, at 
Snapping Shoals, Ga., m. William Powell, Mont:"cello, Ga., 
Nov. 16, 1892. 

47. William Franklin Webb (42), b. Aug. 22, 1879, New- 
ton Co., Ga., m. Miss Susie Tyne, of Va., in 1911. She d. 
in 1912. He was in the army several years. 


48. Mary Thomas Webb (42), b. Apr. 17, 1882, Snapping 
Shoals, Ga., d. Apr. 6, 1903. 

49. Elberta Broaddus Webb (42), b. Nov. 8, 1884, Snap- 
ping Shoals, Ga., m. Geo. Stewart, Ma^on, C^a. No chil- 

50. Robt. Reid Webb (42), b. July 29, 1888, Snapping 
Shoals, Ga. 


51. R. Reid Powell (46), b. Aug. 18, 1894, Monticello, Ga. 

52. Raymond Webb Powell (46), b. Sept. 3, 1897, Monti- 
cello, Ga. 

53. Annie Lizzie Powell (46), b. Oct. 8, 1903, Monticello, 

54. Emmett Broaddus Powell (46), b. March 1, 1911, 
Monticello, Ga. 


55. Martha Cordelia Broaddus (44), b. June 2, 1906. 

56. Agnes Broaddus (44), b. May 4, 1908. 

57. Annie Catching Broadus (44), b. Dec. 29, 1910. 


58. Annie Cote Catching (35), died when about thirteen 
years of age. 

59. Elbert Hutchings Catchings (35), the elder, died 
about 1898. He married a widow, Mrs. Lundy, of Macon, 
Ga. He practiced law in Jackson, Ga. Both of their chil- 
dren, little girls, died in infancy. She died soon after him. 
He was wealthy. 

Anne Catching, daughter of Benj. Catching and Mildred 
Griddle, married twice. First husband, Wm. Ashmore, Ga. 
There were two children by the first marriage. After the 
death of her first husband she was married to Samuel Ar- 
nett of Wilkes Co., Ga., very wealthy. 

59. Mildred Ashmore (8), m. Thos. W. M. Steed. They 
moved from Wilkes Co. to Alabama in 1838. 

60. Patience Ashmore (8), m. Isaiah Paschel. 

"Oliver Arnett, a son of the second marriage of Annie 
Catching v/as wealthy. He moved through Mississippi a 
great many years ago on his way to Texas with his wife 
and a large family of children. Martha Allen, Georgetown, 
Miss., March 23, 1893." 

"One of their children was Samuel Arnett. Oliver Ar- 
nett went to Florida about 1847 or 1848. He owned and 
lived on a farm in the eastern Dart of this (Wilkes) county. 
A. A. Eaniett, Clerk of the County, Washington, Ga." 




61. Maria Steed (59), b. Nov. 15, 1817, d. Aug. 24, 1909, 
in Mo. Maria Steed m. Jacob A. Flournov. He was b. June 
26, 1812, d. Nov. 19, 1888, in Mo. They^m. in Georgia and 
moved to Alabama ten miles from Tuskegee. In May, 1866, 
they sold this land and bought a tract near Marionville, Mo. 
Their youngest child, Wm. Theodore P'lournoy, lived with 
his mother in Mo. She is very old. He has a cold storage 
for his apples, being a grower and shipper of this fruit. 

62. Phillip Steed (59), b. 1825, Putnam Co., Ga., d. in 

63. Wm. Ashmore Steed (59), b. in 1823, Wilkes Co., Ga. 

64. Seymour Steed (59), b. in Talbot Co., Ga., in 1837. 

65. Donald Steed (59). 

66. Missouri Steed (59), b. 1833, Talbot Co., Ga., d. near 
Montgomery, Ala. 

67. Virginia Steed (59) , b. Talbot Co., Ga., m. Mr. Milsaps. 

68. Frances Caroline Steed (59), b. 1828, in Ga., m. Col. 
Allen Lane Bailey, in 1853. 

69. Elizabeth Steed (59), b. 1831, Talbot Co., Ga., d. in 
Montgomery, Ala., unmarried. 

70. Mildred Steed (59), d. in infancy. 

71. Thos. M. Steed, Jr. (59), b. 1842, in Ga., lived in 

72. Theodore A. Steed (59), b. 1840, in Ala., lives in 

73. Nancy Penelope Steed (59), b. Dec. 17, 1815, m. Sed- 
more Arnett, step-son of Mrs. Samuel Amett (Anne Catch- 
ing). They m. at the residence of Mrs. Samuel Arnett, her 



74. Mildred Imogene Bailey (68), m. in 1875, John. Mil- 
ton Thweatt, Eufaula, Ala. 

75. Peyton Bailey (68), Dorothea, Ala., m. Julia McElvey, 
Columbus, Ga. 

76. Frances Jane Bailey (68), m. Mr. Maynard, Dallas, 


77. Manning Lane Thweatt (74), d. at four years of age. 

78. Maydie Jane Thweatt (74), b. 1879, m. Dec. 19, 1900, 
Leonard Yancey Dean, Jr., Eufaula, Ala. They had one 
son, Milton Thweatt Dean, b. Nov. 30, 1901, d. Aug. 12, 
1903. Maydie J. Dean, d. about 1907. 

79. May Elizabeth Thweatt (74), b. 1884. 

80. John Allen Thweatt (74), b. 1887. 


81. Milton Bovce Thweatt (74), b. 1889. 

82. Robt. Catching Thweatt (74), b. 1891. 

83. Edward Stowe Thweatt (74). 


84. William Theodore Floumoy (61). 

85. Thomas Mabrey Flournoy (61). 

86. Sarah A. Flournoy (61). 

87. Mildred Flournoy, second child (61). 

88. Martha Louisa Flournoy, third child (61). 

89. Fannie Flournoy, d. in Ala., seven years of age (61). 

90. Salonia Flournoy (61), d. in Ala., thirteen months of 


91. William H. Catching (9), m. Lourinda Smith, niece of 
Judge Robt. Love, Miss. 

92. Harriet Catching (9), m. William Dickson, M. D., 
Feb. 2, 1817, Pike Co., Miss. 


93. Warren Catching (91), m. Miss Georgia Dulaney. He 
was a handsome, distinguished-looking man, and a merchant 
in Vicksburg before the Civil War. He was a lieutenant 
in a company from Warren Co., Mississippi, Confederate 
Army. He m. Georgia Dulaney, daughter of Dr. Wm. Du- 
laney, a large planter near Jackson, Miss. She was stylish 
and affable; affectionate and devoted to relatives and 
friends ; and a loving wife and mother. She died in 1908, 
several years after the death of her husband. He was 
of the firm in Vicksburg of Catchings and Porter. 

94. Frank Catching (91), m. Emily Holliday, his cousin, 

95. Missouri Catching m. Judge Monroe Quinn. They 
lived on their plantation two miles from Summit, Miss. 
Their home was of the colonial style of architecture. They 
entertained elegantly. She had exquisite taste and tact, 
was tall with a queenly beauty, and held a high place soci- 
ally. She died about 1869. Slie was fond of dress and 
the ornamentation of home. 

96. Matilda Catching (91), m. J. Madison Ray, first hus- 
band. Mr. Ray d. in the (^Confederate Army. Their chil- 
dren are Bessie, Willie, and Mollie Ray. Mrs. Ray married 
Mr. Hickman, second husband. They live on Red River, 

97. Jane Catching (91), m. John Bulloch, Hinds Co., Miss. 



98. Bessie Catching (93), styled "Queen Bess," being so 
fine looking, m. Mr. West Warren, Canton, Miss. 


©9. Warren Catching, Jr. (93), m. Miss Smith, a wealthy 
Ijir]. They live at Mayersville, Miss. He is sheriff of Isa- 
quena Co., and a large planter (1921). 

100. St. Clare Catching (93), d. Sept. 17, 1899, aged 27. 

101. John Catching (93), deceased. 

102. William Catching (93), d. July 11, 1898, of Pneu- 
monia. He was connected with the Greenville Democrat, 
Greenville, Miss. 

103. Maggie Catching (93), has splendid business attain- 

104. Sallie Catching (93), m. Mr. Roberts. They moved 
to Houston, Texas. 


105. Nannie Quinn (95), an accomplished musician. 

106. Ella Quinn (95), a celebrated beauty and belle, very 
amiable, attractive and accomplished, m. Maj. J. H. Willard, 
U. S. A. Engineer, Vicksburg, Miss. He was afterwards 
promoted to a colonel. In 1900 he was transferred to 
Evansville, afterwards returned to Newport, R. I., having 
inherited a large estate from his father, and v/here he lives, 


107. Eleanor Willard (106), b. 1899, d. Jan. 17, 1901, 
buried in Newport. 

108. Roberta Willard (106), a beautiful and accomplished 

109. Natalia Willard (106), very attractive and bright, 
has talents as an artist. 

110. Dorothy Willard (106), charming and lovely. 


111. Charles Bulloch (97). 

112. Mary Bulloch (97), m. George Miller, son of a rich 
cotton planter. Miss. Their children are Irene, Bessie, 
Emma, Robert, John and George. 


113. William L. Catching (94), m. Laura Masengill, Haz- 
lehurst. Miss. She is very talented. Their children are 
Kate Catching, b. 1893 ; Kenneth Catching, b. 1896 ; Frank 
Catching, b. 1901. Mrs. Wm. L. Catching d. Jan. 22, 1916, 
at Hazlehurst, and was interred in Hazlehurst. 

114. Nannie Catching (94), m. Robt. Quitman Allen, 
Georgetown, Miss. He died March, 1914, in Jackson, Miss. 
Their children are Jessie Allen, m. Mr. Ramsey; Robert, 
Frank, Zula, and Phillip Allen, all grown but Phillip. (1913) 


Mrs. Jessie AlleivRamsey lives in Hazlehurst, Miss. The 
others live in Jackson, Miss., with the family. 

114-A. Charles Catching, M. D. (94), graduated from the 
University of Miss., and practices his profession at Wood- 
ville. Miss. He m. Miss Mittie, daughter of Dr. Thomas 0. 
Woods, about 1898. Their children are Thos. F., b. 1906; 
•Chas. E. Jr., b. 1899: Nicholas S., b. 1901; Wm. H., b. 1903; 
Oliver W., b. 1905 ; Grace Holliday, b. 1908 ; is a fine little 

115. Newton Warren Catching (94), b. 1873; lives in Haz- 
lehurst, Miss. 


116. Martha Cureton Dickson (92), b. Feb. 16, 1822, m. 
Felix Magee, who was a brother of Mrs. David C. Dickson. 

117. William Dickson (92), d. before reaching manhood. 

118. David Catching Dickson (92), m. Saphronia McGee, 
of Miss., daughter of Daniel and Sallie Mc(^ee, Miss. She 
d. in 1897, no children. On June 27, 1839, he m. her 
sister, Nancy Magee. 

119. Louisa Dickson (92), m. Dr. Josiah C. Massey, sec- 
ond wife. Lived in Texas. He was a very fine looking man 
and brainy. He was a grandson of Wm. Ball of Virginia, 
who presented him with a wallet Sept. 14, 1827. He wrote 
a book on medicine. Martha Massey, their daughter, mar- 
ried Frank J. Lewis. (Mrs. Frank J. Lewis, who furnished 
the genealogical lines of the Dixon familv, lived Jan. 7, 
1898, 1307 L. St., Washington, D. C.) 

120. William Dickson (92). 

121. Lawrence Dickson (92). 


122. Felix Magee, Jr. (116). 

123. Daniel Magee (116). 

124. Henrv Magee (116). 

125. Sallie Magee (116), m. Mr. Hart, of Bedias, Tex. 

126. Bettie Magee (116), m. Mr. Pearson. 



127. Adrian Rienza Dickson (118), d, young. 

128. Harriet Dickson, d. young (118). 

129. William Dickson (118), d. when of age. 

130. David Raglin Dickson (118), d. young. 

131. Henry Jerome Dickson (118), d. young. 

132. Daniel Dickson (118), m. Madeline E. LaPrelle, 
Brunner, Tex. 

133. James Lawrence Dickson, m. Clara Clove, Brunner, 


Harris Co., Texas. She was a native of New York. Their 
children are Robt., Daniel, Peter, James L., Jr., Adrian, and 
Erie Dickson. Their sister, Harriet (Mrs. C. E. Everts), 
also lives near or in Houston, Tex., and has three children. 
Their other sister, Beulah Dickson (Mrs. Eugene G. Cook), 
lives in Houston and their mother (1917). 

134. Napoleon Charlton Pickson (118), d. at fifteen years 
of age. 

135. Dudley Dickson (118), m. Miss May F. McKay, An- 
derson, Grimes Co., Tex. 

136. Robert Dickson (118), d. young. He m. Miss M. 

137. Mary Dickson (118), m. W. W. Kelley, of Houston, 

Of the above Daniel Dickson and wife have eight sons 
and one daughter living and four daughters dead. James 
L. Dickson and wife have six sons and two daughters living. 
Dudley and wife have four sons and two daughters living. 
Robert Dickson left a daughter; one son dead; wife still 
living. Mary Dickson and husband have six sons living 
and three sons dead. Julia D. Dickson, a niece of David 
Catching Dickson, lives in Houston, Tex. Dr. Wm. Dickson, 
who married Harriet Catching (1817) graduated from the 
Lexington Medical College, Lexington, Ky. He practiced at 
Georgetown, Miss., before moving to Texas. 

David Catching Dickson was elected Lieut.-Governor of 
Texas Aug. 2, 1853. "E. M. Pease and Dickson were Gov- 
ernor and Lieut.-Governor two terms of four years. He 
was a candidate in 1855 for Governor against Pease on the 
Know Nothing Ticket, but was defeated by one vote." J. W. 
Madden, Secretary of State, Austin, Tex., Aug. 10, 1898." 
"D. C. Dickson was elected Lieut.-Governor in 1853. E. M. 
Pease was elected Governor at the same time. They were 
elected two terms of four years in 1853." Geo. T. Jester, 
Lieutenant-Governor, July 25, 1898, Corsicana, Texas." 


138. Philip Scott Catching (9) married Miss Nancy Bur- 
ton, first wife ; no children. His second wife was Miss Rosa 
Love, his cousin ; no children. They reared a beautiful lit- 
tle girl, Mollie Harris, who died after she was grown and 
after the death of her adopted parents. She was related 
to Judge Wiley P. Harris and was a daughter of Mr. Merry 
Harris. Philip Catching was a native of Copiah Co., and 
was a large cotton planter on Pearl River. Their lovely 
home was famous for its hospitality. He was a handsome, 
elegant gentleman. He represented his county frequently 
in the legislature and was a signer of the Ordinance of Se- 
cession of Mississippi during the convention held in Jackson 
from January 9, to January 15, 1861. Prior to the war 


he was also of the firai in New Orleans of Aby & Catchings. 
He named his place "Glenrose" for his wife Rosa Love. 

"My middle name "Catchings" was given to me when 
christened in 1858 as a compHment to Mr. Philip Catchings, 
who at the time was my lather's partner under the firm 
name of 'Aby & Catchings,' in New Orleans in the cotton 
business." jonas Catchmgs Aby, N. Orleans, La., Sept. 
20, 1820." Mr. Aby is not related to the Catching's family. 

139. John Noel Catching (9), a cotton planter of Copiah 
Co., Miss., m. Angelina Smitii, a sister of Dr. Kankin Smith 
and of Mrs. S. S. Catching and a niece of Judge Robert Love. 

140. Joseph Catching, M. D. (9). 

141. Mary Rogers Catching (9), m. Cornelius Trawick, 
Copiah Co., Miss. 

142. Eliza Harvey Catching (9), m. Capt. Archibald 
Steele, Miss. 

143. Palatire Catching (9), m. Rev. Richard Robert 

114. Carolina Matilda Catching (9), m. Daniel Norman, 
Georgetown, Copiah Co., Miss., Nov. 19, 1829. She d. about 
1866, aged about 60. He d. June 17, 1844. 


146. Wm. H. Catching (139), dec'd, m. Susan Fortner, of 
Terry, Miss. 

147. Phillip Catching (139). 

148. Laura Catching (139). 

149. Emily Catching (139), m. Robt. H. Marshall, Crys- 
tal Springs, Miss. Their children are Ada, Angeline, Noel, 
Charles and Harriet. Ada m. Seymour Catching, Angeline 
married Benj. B. Nesmith. 

150. Mary N. Catching (139), m. Dr. Benjamin Henning- 
ton, Tyrus, Miss. 

151. Sarah Catching (139), m. Turner Fortner, Terry, 
Miss. They had one child, Sedley Fortner. 

152. Fanny Catching (139), m. Dr. Reaben, Summit, Miss. 
She was one of the handsomest of the Catching's relations, 
tall, well made, lovely hair and complexion. 

153. Harriet Catching (139), m. Mr. Womack, McMinn- 
ville, Tenn. 

154. Edward Catching (139). 

155. John Noel Catching (139). 

156. Dr. Cornelius Catching (139), m. Miss Tatum, Terry, 
Miss. Second wife, Mrs. Foster, nee Childs. They lived 
on their plantation in Coahoma Co., near Rosedale, Miss. 



157. Fannie Hennington (150). 

158. Rosa Henning-ton (150), 

159. Dr. Frank Hennington (150), m. Miss Vaughn. 

160. Lamar Hennington (150). 

161. Henry H. Hennington (150). 


162. Emma May Reaben (152), m. Walter Collins. One 
child, Lurline, m. Lyman G. Lockwood, Dec. 27, 1918. 

163. Walter H. Reaben, D. S. (152), McComb City, Miss., 
b. Feb. 23, 1873. 

164. Clifton E. Reaben (152), m. 

165. George B. Reaben (152). 

166. Cassie Christine Reaben (152), m. Floyd Waggoner. 
One child, Frances May. 


167. Harriet Womack (153). 

168. Dr. Noel Catching Womack (153), Jackson, Miss., 
m. in Nov., 1910, a daughter of Sen. A, J, McLaurin. 


169. Dr. Joseph Blair Catching (9), b. May, 1822, d. 
Dec, 1883, Copiah Co., m. Miss Martha Bridges, b. Sept. 8, 
1831. Their children were 13 in number. 

170. Dr. Philip Marshal Catching (169), Georgetown, 
Miss., b. Nov. 10, 1848, d. Jan. 12, 1907, m, Hattie Allen, 
his cousin. Their son. Dr. Walter Wilroy Catching, George- 
town, Miss., d. May 7, 1913. Left a wife and five children. 
He was called Wilroy Catching. Anne Catching, daughter 
of Dr. and Mrs. W. W. Catching, raised the flag on the site 
of the Mississippi Building at the San Francisco Exposi- 
tion, 1915. Her mother moved to San Francisco, where 
her mother and brother were, after her husband's death 
in 1913. She is a handsome woman. Children: Ann, Mar- 
garet, Martha, Isabel Wilroy Catchings, and infant, de- 

171. Franklin Bridges Catching (169), b. Sept. 27, 1850, 
d. Oct. 4, 1920, Georgtown, Miss., m. first Mollie Steele, 
sister of Archie Steele, who m. Dr. Meredith Catching. 
Franklin B. Catching is quite wealthy and all of his chil- 
dren are well educated. He married the second time 
Mollie Bovard. After her death he married Mrs. Jessie 

'The E. George Delap Lodge No. 545, F. & A. M., at 
Georgetown, Miss., met in memory of their lately deceased 
member, Hon. Frank B. Catching, and passed resolutions in 


his honor. He was one of the pioneer members of that 
lodg-e in Eastern Copiah Co. Hazlehurst, Miss., Oct. 16, 

172. Margaret EHza Catching (169), b. Mch. 30, 1853, ni. 
Isaac Columbus Enochs, Jackson, Miss., June 26, 1879. He 
was a lumber merchant. At his death, April 8, 1919, }\Q 
w^as pronounced the richest man in Mississippi. He was b, 
Mch. 7, 1852. 

I. C. Enochs, besides lumber interests, owned large tracts 
of land, had a stock farm "Fernwood," near Jackson; invest- 
ments in houses, etc. He was prominent in work for the 
orphans' home in Jackson, Miss. 

173. Walter Scott Catchings (169), m. Ida Sanders. He 
was b. March 8, 1855. 

174. Mary Palatire Catching (169), b. Aug. 14, 1867, d. 
1892, m. A. A. Lilly, in railroad service, deceased, 

175. Lucv Matilda Catching (169), b. Mch. 6, 1859. 

176. Caroline Rogers Catchings (169), b. Nov. 21, I860, 
m. Chas. Ogilvie McKinnel, merchant and planter. One in- 
fant, deceased. 

176-A. Charles Sevmour Catching (169), b. Aug. 24, 
1865, d. Oct., 1866. 

177. Martha B. Catching (169), b. Mch. 10, 1863, d. 1883. 

178. Courtney Quin Catching (169), b. Oct. 13, 1872, m. 
Wm. D. Berry, merchant. Wm. B. Bei-ry, Jr., S. A. T. C. 
in World War. 

179. Leilah Blair Catchings (169), b. Jan. 14, 1877, m. 
Catching B. Johnson, a cousin. 

181. Richard Oscar Catching (169), b. Feb. 14, 1870, m. 
May Massengill; children, Wallace, R. 0. C. Jr., Jerry, and 

182. Dr. Joseph Meridith Catching (169), b. Mch. 20, 
1857. His mother says she named him after his great 
grandfather, Merideth Catching, of Georgia. He married 
first Archie f]lla Steel. Their children were two infants, 
deceased, Ellis Catching, unmarried (Ellis Catching was 
Sergeant of Infantry in World War), and Archie Steele 
Catching, who married Joseph Carlyle Miller, of Hazle- 
hurst, Miss., Nov. 15, 1916. They have two children, John 
Merideth Miller and another. 

After the death of Mollie Steele, Franklin Catching m. 
Mollie Bovard, and after her death Mrs. Jessie Shrock. 

183. Myra Palatire Catching (171), deceased. 

184. Frank Bridges Catching, Jr. (171), m. Mona Chi- 
dester. Two children, Thomas and Merideth Chidester. 

185. Mary Catching (171), m. Newton Ellis. Children, 
Evelyn and Martha. 


186. Lucy Raymor Catching (171), youngest of the fam- 
ily, m. Rodney Allen. 

187. Archibald Steele Catching (171), Georgetown, Miss., 
on Dec. 30, 1913, at four P. M., at the Presbyterian Church, 
by Rev. W. J. Dulaney, m. Miss Josephine Bell, daughter 
of Charles Monroe Bell, of Bassette, Ark. 1 child (1920), 
Archibald Steele Catching, Jr. 

188. Joseph Blair Catchings (171), lawyer, m. Jennie V. 
Stewart and was admitted to practice in 1914. 

189. Charles Burress Catchings (171), attended the A. 
& M. College in Stark ville, Miss., in 1914. He was after- 
wards a private in the Engineering Corps in the World War 
in Europe. 

Joseph Meredith Catching, married Archie Steele. 4 chil- 
dren: two infants, deceased. 

Ellis Catching, unmarried. 

Archie Steele, married Joseph Carl vie Miller — 2 children, 
John Meredith Miller. 


190. Mary Capers Enochs (172), m. Louis Coupery Nu- 
gent, son of the late Col. W. L. Nugent, a distinguished at- 
torney of Jackson, Miss., Nov. 24, 1915. The ceremony was 
conducted by Rev. W. H. Lewis, pastor of the Capitol Street 
Methodist Church. The two matrons of honor were Mrs. 
Edward G. Flowers, her sister, and Mrs. Norleigh S"hands, 
sister of the groom. Her sister. Miss Martha Enochs, was 
maid of honor, and another sister. Miss Lucy Enochs, was 
bridesmaid. The groom was attended by W. C. Eakin as 
best man, with I. C. Enochs, Jr., James R. McDowell and 
Robert Somerville, of Cleveland, Miss., as groomsmen. A 
large reception at Enochs' home. L. C. Nugent was a 
brother of Mrs. Mollie Somerville, of Greenville, Miss., Mrs. 
George C. Harris, of Sharkey County, Miss., and H. R. 
Shands, of Jackson. He was born Feb. 12, 1876, d. of influ- 
enza, October 11, 1918, in Jackson, Miss. 

191. Martha Catchings Enochs (172). 

192. I. C. Enochs, Jr. (172), First. Lieut, of Infantry, 
Machine Gun Corps, 1918. 

193. Edwina Enochs (172), m. Edward Gibbs Flowers, 
Vicksburg, Dec. 7, 1910. Their children, Margaret, Edward 
Gibbs Flowers, Jr., and Edwina. 

194. Lucy Enochs (172), is the youngest child. 
Margaret Enochs, deceased. 



195. Louise Catching (173), m. J. Hunter Garth. One 
;child, J. H. Garth, Jr. 

im. W. S. Catching, Jr. (173), m. Leta Shrock. 


197. Greenville Catching (173), m. Wilson Hemingway, 
Jr., electrical engineer, of Ark., Mch. 4, 1914. Two children, 
Caroline and infant daughter. 

198. Caroline Catching (173), m. W. Williams. 

199. Ida Sanders Catching (173), dec'd. 
199-a. Loyce Catching, unmarried (1919). 


200. Verna Lilly (174), m. Wm. Henry Becker. Their 
children were, Wm. H., Jr., Albert Artice Lilly, Francis 
McGrath and Thomas Becker. 

201. Albert Artice Lilly, Jr., (174) d. 1913, m. Mary 
Storm. Two children, Albert A. III., and a daughter, Ken- 
neth, deceased. 

201-a. Kenneth Lilly, d. when an infant. 

After their mother died, and Mr. Lilly was killed by a 
railroad accident, the little children lived with their grand- 
mother. The railroad paid them fifty thousand dollars 
and gave them a handsome piano. 


202. Luzenberg Trawick (141). 

203. Martha Eliza Trawick (141), m. Dr. James Alforxl. 

204. Cornelius Trawick, Jr. (141). 

205. Josephine Trawick (141), m. James Lewis. 

206. Henry Trawick (141), m. Ella Owens. 

207. Kate Trawick (141), m. Dr. Julius C. Webb, McComb 
City, Miss. 

208. Mary Blair Trawick (141), m. Warren W. Alford, 
Jan. 9, 1866, Georgetown, Miss. 


209. Mamie Alford (208). 

210. Minnie Alford (208). 

211. Holcomb Alford (208). 

212. Whitford Alford (208). 


213. E. Whitman Steele (142), m. Rosa Summerall. 

214. Joseph B. Steele (142). 

215. Julia A. Steele (142), m. Dr. James T. Alford. 


216. Luella Steele (213), m. John Chalmers, New Orleans, 

217. Ada Steele (213). 


218. Julia Steele (213). 

219. Joseph Blair Steele (213), d. while attending Emory 
and Henry College, Va. 


220. Mary Matilda Norman (144), m. J. Thomas Bagget. 

221. James Montgomery Norman )144), b. March 25, 
1833, d. Aug. 24, 1906, Hazlehurst, Miss. Montgomery, son 
of C. M. Catching and Daniel Norman, m. Elizabeth Jane 
Lott King, at Lake Providence, La., Sunday, July 28, 1861, 
After the Civil War, he was elected Chancery Clerk of Co- 
piah Co., Jan., 1867. He served for seven years with great 
efficiency, was Mayor of Hazlehurst, City Assessor and J. P. 
He went to California in 1855 in search of gold, joined Gen. 
Walker's filibustering expedition to Nicarauga, was wounded 
arid came to New York. He sailed from there as sailor on 
a sailing vessel to Australia and the Arctic Ocean, returning 
home after two years. He was First Lieut, of Copiah Horse 
Guards, with the Confederacy, 1860, and was made Cap- 
tain, 1861. In 1862 he was elected Major in Stoedale's Bat- 
talion. The latter part of the war he was with Gen. For- 
rest; was always distinguished for bravery and fearlessness. 
His wife died 1910. 

222. Palatire Rogers Norman (144), m. Dr. Abner T. 
Steele (second wife). 

223. Phillip Catching Norman (144), accidentally killed 
while hunting. Unmarried. 


224. Mary Emma Raggett (220), m. James T. Siebe, a 
druggist at Crystal Springs, Miss. Their children are 
Henry 0. Siebe, m. Susie Willing; Abner Siebe. The chil- 
dren of Henry Siebe are Frances Emma, William Henry and 
Annie May. 

225. James Montgomery Baggett (220), m. Clara V. 



226. Mary Caroline Steele (222), m. Rev. R. G. Water- 
house, Methodist. He was president of Emory and Henry 
College, Va., from June 6, 1893 to May, 1910. Their 
daughter is Edith Waterhouse. Dr. Waterhouse was 
elected to the College of Bishops M. E. Church South, by 
the General Conference at Asheville, N. C, May, 1910. 

"Mrs. Waterhouse (Mary C. Steele, 1st wife) d— ? Their 
daughter, Edith, lives in New York City. Bishop Water- 
house is a native of Rhea Ck)., Tenn., but still resides at 


Emory, Va. He has two sons, but the writer is not sure by 
which marriage. Edith is unmarried." J. S. French, Abing- 
don, Va., Feb. 5, 1921." 


227. Matilda Anne Bridges (143), m. Ellison Lafayette 

228. Carolina Bridges (143), m. Alex. Sanders Alford, 
Dec. 29, 1897. 

229. James Bridges (143), m. first Kate Alford, second, 
Mrs. Cornelia Sanders, nee Cornelia Corly. 

230. Richard R. Bridges (143), killed in Confederate 


231. Mary Norman (227). 

232. Richard Seymour Nomian (227), m. Pinkie Fergus- 
son. Three children. 


233. Dr. Richard Robt. Bridges (229), m. Annie Winter 
Love, his cousin. 

234. Julius Bridges (229). 

235. Quinn Bridges (229). 

236. Jincy Bridges (229). 


237. Martha Bridges (229). 

238. Joseph Bridges (229). 

239. Edna Bridges (229). 


240. Lucile Bridges (233). 

241. Robt. Bridges (233). 

242. Marv Love Bridges (233). 

243. Kate Alford Bridges (233). 

244. Annie Winter Bridges (233). 

245. Islaa Goodloe Bridges. 


246. Mattie Bridges (229). 

247. Joseph F. Bridges (229). 

248. Edna Bridges (229). 

THOMPSON, OF GA., FIRST WIFE. They moved to Mis- 
sissippi about 1809. Jonathan Catching married Miss Fair- 


child, second wife. Her brother was Sheriff of Hinds Co., 
Miss. "Uncle Jonathan's family Bible was a large illus- 
trated one with gilt edges and his name on the back in gilt 
letters. We went on a visit to him when I was a small 
child. Mother sent her carriage driver out for muscadines 
and he brought back a quantity. M. C. Torrey." 
Their children were: 

249. Katherine Catching (11), m. Mr. Collins. 

250. Augustus Catching (11), a wealthy cotton planter 
and slave owner near Jackson, Miss. He had a fine intel- 
lect and was an untiring reader. Married Miss H. Cassidy, 
Miss. He also owned a large body of land in the delta. 

251. Louraine Catching (11). 
• 252. Jonathan Catching (11). 



253. Eliza Collins (249), m. Mr. Chapman. 

254. Lourainey Collins (249), m. Dr. Fullerton, Califor- 

255. Jonathan Collins (249), deceased. 


256. Augustus Catching (250), deceased. 

257. Lourainey Catching (250), m. Dr. Wm. Dulaney, of 
Madison Co. Had elegant home on his plantation seven 
miles from Jackson, Miss. He was a prominent, successful 
physician and planter. She was very affectionate, gentle 
and amiable. 

258. Virginia Margaret Catching (250), m. her cousin, 
Dr. T. A. Catching. She is a tall fine-looking blonde, was 
a belle in Jackson and other places at the same time and 
with her cousin Rosa Love. She was educated in Jackson, 
Miss., d. March, 1914. 

259. Louraine Dulaney (257), a^natural politican and a 
very large, successful cotton planter, Grace, Issequena Co., 
mfl a niece of Judge J. W. M, Harris, Vicksburg, Miss., and 
a niece of Gen. Nat. H. Harris, Confederate Army. His 
first wife was Miss Adkins, Jackson, Miss. 


260. Matilda Warren Catching (12), b. July 4, 1814, 
Washington, Ga., d. Aug. 4, 1873, was an only child. She 
first m. John C. McNeal. Her second husband was Hon. 
W. W. Mason, Tuskegee, Ala. He d. Jan. 21, 1869. Their 
children were: 

261. Rev. Wiley Mason (269), b. 1846, Baptist. 

262. Calhoun Mason (260). 

263. Francina Mason (260), m. Judge A. J. O. Bilbro, Ala. 


264. Ellen Mason (260), m. Judge Thrasher, Dade City, 

(10) JOSEPH CATCHING, m. about 1800 in Wilkes Co., 
Ga., Mary Holliday, both natives of Wilkes Co. Removed, 
in 1809, to Pike (5o., Miss., three miles below Holmesville. 
Here they reared their family and were buried. ("The 
graves are in good shape : each has a brick vault over it with 
a slab on top. Mrs. Ellzey, Summit, Miss., Oct. 26, 1920.") 
"She was called the handsomest woman in that section. He 
was a cotton planter. When we were young our parents 
went on a visit to grandfather in their carriage from Hinds 
Co. Mother since told me that I was about four years old, 
yet I remember that the nurse frequently took us to the 
summit of a very high hill and would roll rocks down the 
side for our amusement. She would also dip our bare feet 
into the lovely clear creek which ran at the base, and in 
front of his residence. If grandfather saw this, he would 
call out and interfere. This was Bogue Chitta Creek. The 
bottom was lined with pebbles and the wheels of the car- 
riage made a crunching sound as it passed over. Grandfa- 
ther called sister Nannie his little rosebud, her skin was 
so white and rosy, and she had dimples similar to his. He 
was affectionate and kindly. After his death, father inher- 
ited his saddle horse, a splendid grey animal named Bob. 
His attachment to the old home was so great that he would 
at every opportunity start back to Pike, and once was al- 
most there before discovered. Father used him as his sad- 
dle horse till his death during the Civil War. We all 
mourned the dear horse's demise. After the death of his 
wife in 1827, grandfather married again. No children. 
He was then 71. Mrs. M. C. Torrey, Nov. 18, 1898." "Grand- 
father Joseph Catching had a lovely home. I went there 
once with my uncle. Dr. T. Catchings, on a visit. Harriet 
Holliday, Nov. 13, 1894, Canton, Miss." 

"I had longed and yearned for twenty years or more, to 
visit my paternal home; the place of my birth and scenes 
of my happy childhood. This seemed almost impossible, 
when I finally decided upon making the trip a reality, being 
then seventy-five years of age, and having to travel en- 
tirely alone. This wish predominating, I felt that I must 
undertake the one hundred and seventy-five miles to this 
dear spot, upon which I had not been since eight years of 
age, nor where grandfather once lived, five miles away, both 
in South Mississippi. 

My brother, Dr. T. A. Catchings, was too infirm to accom- 
pany me, so bidding him goodbye, I boarded the train at 
Jackson. After a pleasant trip and arriving at McComb 
City, I left for Holmesville, where I went immediately to 
Mr. Hugh Bridges. He and family received me with open 


arms. His father bought my father's plantation, and his 
sister, Martha Bridges married Dr. Joseph Catchings. I 
remember the mother of Mrs. Bridges: Mrs. Wallace, nee 
Courtney Quinn, a beautiful girl; also Mrs. Patsy Quinn, 
the grandmother, a very handsome old lady. She bought 
Aunt Sallie Love's plantation, when the latter moved near 
Canton, Miss. The present home of the Bridges was once 
owned by Dr. Nicholson, who lived there. Mrs. Nicholson 
was a sister of Mrs. Wallace. I boarded in this house and 
went to school to Dr. Nicholson, who would take me upon 
his knee and teach me my lessons. I was about seven years 
old. The Nicholsons had no children and were bosom 
friends of my father, so lie made a perfect pet of me. The 
beautiful flower yard, fine roses, pinks and great big olean- 
ders are still there. I looked for and missed the public 
square, the Court House, and other public buildings of 
Holmesville. All had been moved to Magnolia, the present 
County seat. The large oaks, mementoes of former days, 
are yet living. I met people who would say, "I do not re- 
member your father and mother, but my father and mother 
did. They told me so." 

Mr. Bridges kindly drove me out to my old home. When 
I stepped upon the gallery and entered my mother's room, I 
burst into tears, and thought, "Can it be true that I am 
again in this sacred room, once occupied by my sainted 
mother?" Each apartment was as natural as could be, 
having undergone but little change. Mr. Ellzey explained 
that the best pine had been used throughout the building, 
and that this accounts for its perfect preservation, and 
that it is almost impossible now to buy such timber. This 
plantation was once upon the state map and the postoffice 
was called "Bridges." 

I drew a bucket of water from the well, which seemed 
to taste better than any other. The magnificent oaks and 
cedars in the front yard I missed sadly: said to have been 
blown down by storms. However, the fig bushes, walnut 
and pecan trees, planted by my father, remained, and 
were bearing fruit. Looking at the broad fields, fine and 
level, on Bogue Chitto River, I thought 'What energy and 
judgment m.y father expended in having these 1,500 acres 
cleared. The cabins which were the homes for one hundred 
and thirty negroes owned by my father had disappeared by 
the hand of time. Mr, Ellzey, as I left, presented me with 
a picture of father's dear old home, which is certainly ap- 
preciated and cherished. He also was good enough to take 
me to the plantation formerly ov/ned by grandfather, on 
Bogue Chitto creek, five miles away. Horace Greely said, 
"Go west, young man, go west." No doubt grandfather 
was imipelled by a similar thought, as he came and settled 
in South Mississippi, with his beautiful wife, said to be the 


handsomest woman in that pioneer section. I fancy their 
thoughts often reverted to their former Georgia associa- 
tions, and to his father, Major Benjamin Catchings, and to 
her's, Thos. Holliday, both gallant revolutionary soldiers, 
who did distinguished service for their country. 

My heart had been in anticipation of being again at the 
place where my grandparents lived and reared their family. 
I ran at once to the spring, so fresh in my memory and 
which was still beautiful beyond description, bubbling up 
from the white sandy bottom. A great big magnolia tree 
hung right over it in full bloom, and was the prettiest I 
had ever seen. I drank a glass of water from this lovely 
spring, where my grandparents and their children enjoyed 
life. There I picked up pebbles, some of which sparkled 
like diamonds. The spot recalled an incident, when visiting 
there during childhood's days. "As we drove from grand- 
father's, my sweet cousin, Charlie Catchings, rushed to 
the carriage window with a beautiful magnolia bud and pre- 
sented it to me.' He and his brother, Joseph, fell side by 
side during the battle of Shiloh : mere boys, and sons of 
Uncle Seymour Catchings. 

Leaving the spring and ascending the hill, I went into 
the yard and all seemed so natural, with the splendid oaks 
and pecan trees, and the front gate exactly where it was 
originally, I imagined I could see dear grandfather, with 
his walking stick approaching to greet us, as he did when 
we attended the reunion of their three sons and families, 
coming in their carriages with attendant servants. He 
never met them all again. Their hospitality was profuse 
and the table laden with delicious viands, served by an 
abundance of servants, during this family gathering. 

My next desire was to go to the top of the mountain hill, 
as we called it, I recalled when my father took me by my 
little hand and led me to the summit. Mr, Ellzie expressed 
fears that I would be unable to climb so steep an ascent. 
"Yes, indeed," I replied, "that was my purpose in coming," 
so the trip was accomplished by taking a circuitous route, 
and catching hold of the trees and rocks. The top was 
beautiful and level, and reminded me of times when we 
children used to go up there to gather chinquapins, grapes 
and nuts. 

There it was that our father in boyhood days romped 
and played. A house once stood upon the summit. This 
hill at one time had Indian caves, with their trinkets. The 
railroad is a great attraction to the old place, with the ring- 
ing of bells and puffing of engines. The bed of the creek 
was changed, and nov/ runs on the other side of the rail- 
road, through the woods. The buggy had to pass through 
it. We children delighted' to wade in this stream, and I 
concluded to try it again. The rocks and pebbles crunched 


under my feet as I proceeded, reg-aling in the water clear and 
beautiful meandering its way to the river. The last spot 
visited was the Catchings' cemetery, alongside of the gar- 
den. I copied the dates and inscriptions upon the tomb- 
stones of my grandparents and others of the family. Upon 
leaving dear old Pike County, with her hallowed associa- 
tions and memories, I felt as though I would like to remain 
there the balance of my life. My father, Silas Mercer 
Catchings of Holmesville was born in Ga. He was a man 
of high morals, noble character, and a Christian gentleman; 
was of commanding appearance and would be noticeable in 
any assemblage. He m. Miss Edith Drake of Columbia, 
Miss., a beautiful, wealthy girl, daughter of Col. Silas Drake 
and a direct descendant of the same family as that of Sir 
Frances Drake. Her brother. Dr. Alfred Drake, was a 
distinguished, cultivated gentleman. 

I can never forget the indescribable pleasure this trip 
gave me. During my young life, I traveled over the North- 
ern and Eastern States, visited Canada, Niagara Falls and 
the Great Lakes, but this simple little jaunt for pleasure 
and gratification, surpassed them all. I can never visit 
these scenes again. May the wild flowers bloom as sweetly 
and the birds continue to take their morning dip in the 
water of Bogue Chitto Creek, a stream which I love so well. 
I hope some old people may read this little sketch as they 
may appreciate my feelings, in an endeavor to retrace the 
footsteps of loved ones who have left them, for abodes on 
high, but whose memory will be always cherished by me. 

Now, I must return to my home. While in Jackson, I 
visited the Capitol. I wanted specially to see the Winnie 
Davis portrait in the Hall of Fame. I also saw one of Gov. 
McWillie, our dear home governor, greatly beloved by all. 
Some one once remarked in his presence about the leniency 
of governors towards prisoners. Gov. McWillie replied 
"Would you have it inscribed upon these walls that no mercy 
dwelleth here?" What a beautiful, feeling answer! The 
auto came and I must meet my brother. He could not 
-wait for me to take off my wraps, before plying me with 
questions. So interested was he, that the announcement 
for supper was unnoticed, he being so anxious to hear all 
I would tell him. I was much gratified to be once more 
with him, the eldest of our family, a fine physician and 
'Christian gentleman. My father died in 1850 and my 
mother in 1851. A writer once said, "Let's honor and keep 
green the memory of the first settlers and those who came 
after them." My dear grandparents were among these. 

Mary A. Catchings Hemingway." 

Dr. T. J. Catchings had a room built (1852) amidst the 
large oaks on the right side of the lawn, and employed Mr. 


Hawkins, a Northerner, as teacher. After one year Mrs. Dr. 
Dameron, a neighbor, requested the privilege of co-operat- 
ing in order to let her children have the benefit of the 
school. Hence, an attractive site was selected, halfway 
between the two homes and on the public road. Two rooms 
about thirty feet apart were erected, one of which was 
supplied with a piano. Mr. Wm. Streshley of Vicksburg 
was the first teacher, with Mr. Marrh, a German, the music 
teacher. Mr. Fox and Miss Strauchn succeeded these two, 
and then Miss Ellen Cook of Vicksburg (music) and Mr. 
Moore. He was so tall that the children made the lyhme, 
"Mr. Moore is six feet four." Mr. Powell of Vicksburg also 
taught. The last teachers were Mr. Vigus and Miss Weath- 
erston. She and the first teacher, Mr. Hawkins, had good 
voices. He brought with him a melodian and often assem- 
bled the children around him to sing. When the large 
pond was frozen, he performed intricate feats with his 
skates, cutting his name in the ice, etc. Miss Weatherston 
also taught them many songs, using the piano as an accom- 
paniment. Among these were "Ho! for the stormy, cold 
March days," "Three Blind Mice," "Ten Little Indian Boys." 
At the end of the sesson, taught by Mr. Streshley, a 
large platform was erected and a piano placed upon it. 

An extensive arbor of evergreens, with benches under- 
neath, was made for the audience, who came from many 
directions. Various families of Vicksburg and other points 
attended. After the reading of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence by T. C. Catchings, seven years of age. Judge 
Amos R. Johnston of Raymond, arose and said, "I nominate 
that boy for Congress." He afterwards sent him as a pres- 
ent a beautifully illustrated book, "The Ice King and the 
South Wind." Music and songs by the girls interspersed 
the public examination. A beautiful silver pencil set with a 
lovely stone was presented to each pupil. Beneath the oaks, 
upon long tables, delicious viands with barbecued meats were 
serv^ed. It was a grand occasion, and was described in de- 
tail by Mr. Rufus K. Arthen — editor of a Vicksburg paper, 
in an article. 

That night, at Mrs. Dameron's elegant home, a ball was 
jointly given by her and Mrs. Catchings, the latter assisting 
by contributions of dainties, silverware and servants. The 
belles and beaux of different sections enjoyed the fine music, 
dancing in the double parlors, with promenades in the hall 
and galleries. Mr. Kendall, the dancing master employed, 
was present and thought his pupils were creditable to 
his efforts. He once took them all to a ball in Clinton. He 
taught alternately at Mrs. Damerons and Mrs. Catchings. 
In June, 1858, Fleetwood Academy ended, leaving a multi- 
tude of memories of school joys, baseball, racing, climbing 
saplings, the spring at the foot of the hill, the creek where 


-we waded and bathed (or rather frolicked), marbles, hick- 
ory nuts, haws, muscadines, grapes, hack berries, the lus- 
cious dinner sent from home each day by a negro boy and 
partaken of under the trees, the huge log fires and tidy 
rooms made ready each morning by a negro man, who at- 
tended to these duties early, sent one week by Mrs. Catch- 
ings and the next by Mrs. Dameron. Gathering and string- 
ing chinquapins was a pleasant pastime; jumping the rope, 
riding horseback, etc., etc. 

Silas, Londie and Emma Catchings now went to the home 
of their brother. Dr. T. A. Catchings and his care. Mary 
and Sarah Catchings were placed by their uncle. Dr. T. J. 
Catchings, at the Nashville Female Academy ; Dr. C. D. El- 
liott, principal. Mr. Abner Starkey of Quincy, Mo., was 
emplo\^ed by Dr. Catchings to teach his three children, a 
room in the house being provided for their use. 

He was an elegant gentleman, and an incessant reader — 
delighted in Dickens. He and Mr. Gates, tutor in the home 
of a near neighbor, were accomplished in chess. They and 
Dr. Catchings often spent hours at a table, and when sepa- 
rated, he and Mr. Gates played games of chess by letter. 
Mrs. Ranney of Vicksburg, was housekeeper for Mr. Catch- 
ings. She was a sister of Capt. C. A. Manlove and Mr. How- 
ell Cobb, each of that city. Her luscious hot rolls, waffles, 
etc., are well remembered ; apple pies, cake, and a multitude 
of delicacies, executed by her superior skill. She was a 
lovely, refined lady and loved her occupation. Many were 
the charming guests entertained at Fleetv/ood, especially 
during the summer seasons ; relatives and friends seeking 
recreation. During the yellow fever epidemic of 1853, the 
house was filled with interesting, cultured refugees from 
Vicksburg and a most enjoyable time all experienced. At 
the close of the session. Mr. Starkey took T. C. Catchings 
to the University of Mississippi to be examined, and re- 
turned beaming Vv'ith gratification at the triumphant results, 
and his admission into the Freshman class. Had been 
well taught in Mathematics, the languages, and was a 
vel in scanning Greek, was brilliant from, infancy. His 
mother began to teach him. when very young, and at four 
years he read well. His father taught him to recite, "A 
union of hearts, a union of hands, a union of lakes, a union 
of lands, and the flag of our country forever." This speech, 
Vv'ith appropriate gestures, he delivered, standing upon a 
table. He was a very beautiful, lovely child, who attracted 
the attention of every one. Many predictions were made by 
neighbors and friends of his future success, 

Mary and Nannie Catchings entered the senior class, 
Sept., 1859, of The Nashville Academy. They had an easy 
time, as the course was very nearlj' a review of that 
through which Mr. Starkey had given them, with the 


exception of new books taken up, such as Astronomy, Trigo- 
Tiometry, Mineralogy and French. Nannie selected for her 
graduating essay the caption of ''Yankee Doodle." The 
applause which greeted her rendition of the subject was 
loud and long, as all sections were at a feverish heat in 
politics ; many of the considerate, wise whigs opposed stren- 
uously a separation of the Southern States from the Union, 
She was a charming picture to behold as she stepped for- 
ward to read her essay, which was ornamented with bows 
and long ribbons of white satin. Her dress of white 
mull was made with a long train and angel sleeves ; these 
last being quite lengthy and open from the shoulder, 
trimmed with valentia lace of a rare pattern. The neck 
and waist were also lavishly trimmed with this lace. A 
white satin sash broad and long completed the costume. 
She wore a handsome set of carbuncles and pearls, presented 
by her uncle, D. M. Hemingway, for the occasion. No girl 
ever possessed a more perfect, brilliant complexion ; pure 
white with a radiant color like sea shells, fair and tender. 

After the exercises, Capt, W , a very handsome young 

man, with others, sought introductions and promenaded 
with her in the long dance hall. She was one of the most 
popular girls in the school and received many fareweU pres- 
ents and mementoes upon parting with friends, and for 
years several corresponded with her. Her sister, Mary C. 
Catchings and cousin, Sarah M. Catchings, also graduated 
at this commencement, and Martha P. Jones, a former Fleet- 
wood Academy pupil and neighbor. 

The plans of Mrs. Catchings to send these girls in the fall 
of 1860 to the "Madame Loquet Institute," in New Orleans, 
for a postgraduate course in French, music and art, were 
abandoned by the opening of hostilities between the North 
and South. Dr. Catchings also made arrangements to take 
his two daughters and his niece S. M. Catchings, traveling 
over the North that summer. A severe accident to him 
prevented this, and their cherished desire to place Mary, 
Nannie and Thomas under the charge of a tutor in 1861, 
was also eliminated by the Civil War, this tutor being de- 
signed to travel with them all over Europe. 

With the outcry of "War!" there was nothing else to do 
'but to abide by the times. While in Nashville attending 
the commencement Mrs. Catchings had many lovely dresses 
made for each, Mary, Nannie and Sarah Catchings, intend- 
ing to stop over with them at the University of Mississippi, 
during the final exercises. This was likewise prevented by 
Nannie becoming ill, so all hastened home. Sept. 1st, 1860, 
Thos. C. Catchings entered Oakland College, and was the 
Sophomore speaker of his class, his subject being "Italian 
Drama." Dr. Catchings took hi^ two daughters, Mary and 
Nannie to attend this commencement, 1862, to hear him de- 


liver his essay. The audience applauded greatly his treatise. 
There was much entertaining among the professors during 
this week. The writer recalls with pleasant memories the 
elegant supper at which Dr. Catching's daughters and son, 
together with other guests, partook at the home of Prof, 
and Mrs. Richardson ; also how handsome and manly T. C, 
Catchings was upon this occasion, and when upon the plat- 
form speaking; a child compared with his classmates. He 
remained longer than his father and sisters, in order to 
enter the Junior class for the ensuing year. Early in 1862 
the students became imbued with the prevailing war en- 
thusiasm and formed companies among themselves. As 
soon as the States seceded, preparations began North and 
South for the great conflict between the sections. Com- 
panies, regiments and battalions were sent to the scenes of 
warfare. The colleges and universities of the South were 
depleted of students, eager to join the army, many of them 
mere children. The students often formed companies 
among themselves, rifles, shotguns and pistols taken from 
their homes. Sewing societies were organized in every 
neighborhood, among the ladies who met regularly to cut 
garments. These were taken home by them and made 
ready to be shipped to Va, and other battlefields for the use 
of the soldiers. These consisted of upper and underwear, 
socks, blankets, etc. Even the young girls vied with one 
another as to the number of socks they finished ; comforters 
crocheted for the neck, canteens covered, etc. Great boxes 
of clothing were shipped to the hospitals, rolls of linen for 
wounds, together with delicacies, such as jellies, preserves, 
pickles, wines, cordials, catsups, etc. Mrs. Dr. T. J. Catch- 
ings was made president of the Bolton society and entered 
into the duties and requirements with all of her natural 
vigor and energy. The ladies of the neighborhood were 
indefatigable in their work and most liberally contributed 
time, provisions, money, and in fact, everything which could 
possibly be a help and comfort to the brave men and boys 
who had gone to the front for their country, and to vindi- 
cate the rights of the States. The ladies W'ho aided most 
prominently in this society were, Mrs, Dr. Dameron, Mes-, Col. Duncan McLaurin; Rachel McLaurin, Tom Mel- 
len, Maj. McNeil, Chas. Walton , Reynolds, Geo. Smith, 
Robertson, etc., etc. Mrs. T. J. Catchings was thorough 
in all she did. This was shown in every relation of life, 
beginning with her home. Mrs. Gov. Mc. Willie was ap- 
pointed State Regent for Mississippi in collecting funds 
for the Mount Vernon Association and appointed Mrs. 
Catchings as her agent for the neighborhood around Bol- 
ton, inds Co. The writer, then a small girl, accompanied 
her in the carriage and remembers the earnest enthusi- 
asm with which her mother went from house to house and 


from one business man to another. Those were flush 
times, and without a word or hesitancy a large subscription 
was made and thus the sum she realized was abundant. * * * 
This was some years prior to the Civil War (the Mt. Vernon 
incident). Also the large barbecue at Brownsville, five 
miles from Fleetwood about 1857, when an extensive gather- 
ing of citizens assembled there. Gov. and Mrs, McRae were 
guests at Fleetwood. She was a tall, stately lady and the 
mirror of fashion and show. The writer recalls the silk 
dress she wore with small flounces over the entire skirt, 
from the waist to the bottom. At the barbecue she lost a 
handsome gold watch which she never recovered. Dr. and 
Mrs. Catchings had previously been their guests at the 
mansion in Jackson, by invitation for several days. Al- 
though the governor was a Democrat and Dr. Catchings a 
Whig, they were valued friends. The governor was a nice 
gentleman, with soft, white, tender hands. His brother, 
James McRae, was an inmate of the mansion, and attended 
the barbecue and speaking at Bolton, when the Raymond 
Fencibles left for the scenes of war. Rev. Dr. C. K. Mar- 
Khali of Vicksburg, spoke from a platform and Mr. Jno. 
Read of that city sang most enthusiastically and with emo- 
tion, "Maryland, My Maryland," together with other patri- 
otic songs. There was much cheering from the great con- 
course of citizens and when the troops boarded the train. 
Another memorable occasion was when Gen. Tupper of Can- 
ton reviewed the militia at Bolton. Many prominent per- 
sons were present, Gen. Tupper being an old and dear friend 
of Dr. and Mrs. Catchings, was entertained by them at the 
Fleetwood home, also Rev. Mr. Cassiday and Capt. Conway 
of Va., the latter a relative of Mrs. Dr. Mauriel Emanuel of 
Vicksburg. Gen. Tupper gave a piece of music, called after 
his son, "The Henry Tupper Guards," to Nannie, daughter 
of Dr. and Mrs. Catchings. She then presented him with a 
beautiful straw hat, which she had made by plaiting straw 
into braids and then sewing these into shape. The crown 
was pressed upon a round block, with a warm iron. He 
was delighted with the gift and compliment. A friend 
taught her this and to knit comforters and socks for the 

Speaking above of Brownsville, a small interior town five 
miles from Fleetwood, with several churches, a masonic 
lodge and a large school taught by Mr. Robertson, recalls 
many childish memories. Each fall a circus came which 
assembled people from all directions. Thomas, at one of 
these went with his father, and was delighted with the 
horse trained to find a handkerchief hidden by the ring 
master in the saw dust. The children enjoyed the luscious 
sticks of peppermint, lemon and other candies kept in glass 
jars by Mr. Swartz, a Jewish merchant. Brownsville was 


the home of Mr. Pat Sharkey, brother of Gov. Sharkey. 
He was assassinated by Dr. McConnell on account of Mr. 
Sharkey's opposition to secession. This town was the an- 
nual scene of camp meetino^s. Tents, a platform, arbors 
with saw dust, upon which benches were placed were pro- 
vided. Preaching- by the Methodists was continued for 
weeks, with the mourners' bench and much shouting. The 
tents were furnished comfortably for families and wagons 
of provisions were brought daily for use: the best and most 
varied. Dr. Godfrey or Bishop Godfrey presided at these 
meetings: an able and fine looking man. The writer re- 
members meeting him upon the grounds, while she was 
walking with a child friend. He stopped, to be pleasant and 
kind, and asked, "Where are you little tots going?" Dr. 
Catchings was a Knights Templar in Tappan Lodge at 
Brownsville. The writer has a memory of hearing him 
speak at a large assemblage there and of being in Vicksburg 
with him and seeing him and a long procession of Masons 
march through the streets in their regalias. He then took 
us to the dome of the court house, which afforded a view 
of the town. He was a man of scientific investigation, and 
invited Prof. Hillgard to spend a while at Fleetwood, in 
order to analyze the earths in that vicinity. Dr. Hillgard 
was the State geologist. Dr. Catchings made salt during 
the Civil War, by filtering the earth from a spot in his 
field, through hoppers. He also made salt from the ground 
on which the plantation smoke house stood. This was 
when the South was rigidly quarantined. Mrs. Catchings 
at this period, made a cask of delicious vinegar from the 
apples of the orchard : also starch by having ears of green 
corn scraped, leaving the fine deposit to settle and dry into 
white cakes at the bottom of broad dishes. When dry, this 
was crumbled and put away for use. Dr. Catchings planted 
indigo, the stalks of which were soaked in a barrel until fer- 
mentation took place, when it was boiled, making indigo 
for laundry purposes. Innumerable experiments were made 
to offset the blockade. One was the beautiful silky thread 
spun from the soft fur of rabbits, and then knitted into 
gloves. Mrs. Catchings had two looms made according to 
directions from Maj. Key's overseer on an adjoining planta- 
tion. This overseer's wife taught several negroes to weave, 
size the thread, etc., and Mrs. Catchings then kept two ne- 
goes at the loom and furnished the plantation with clothes: 
had much of this cloth quilted into comforts for the neg-roes, 
and thread spun for their socks and stockings. One woman 
spun thread so fine that it could be used for sewing. The 
wool thread she had woven into flannel. Just before T. C. 
Catchings went out with Capt. Buford's Cavalry Co., he 
made a reel for winding thread into hanks ready to be sized. 
It was copied from one made by Maj. Key's overseer. After 


a certain number of rounds the reel clicked to indicate 
this. All thought it was a great achievement for a boy of 
his age. He also had Sam, the plantation carpenter, to 
make a batteau for crossing Mound Bayou, as the plantation 
land was on both sides. This boat he called "The Lucy Ash- 
ton," and composed a pretty story by this name. He also 
cai*\^ed a lovely pipe out of a briar root, representing a foot 
and ankle, which he polished with sand paper. Nannie was 
eoually marvelous in her inventive turn. Her mother's scrap 
bag v/as a continual resort. She made from silk two beautiful 
bonnets, one for herself and one for her sister, by shirring 
the silk on a wire frame, also made by her. The inside of 
the bonnets were of a lighter shade. She also made beauti- 
ful sunbonnets of green berage cloth shirred outside with a 
pink lining. These were all much admired. She early showed 
great taste in dressing her dolls, etc. In restrictions inci- 
dent to the blockade, gloves and gauntlets she produced 
from broadcloth, with embroidery on the backs. The small 
gores between the fingers were fitted in as nicely as bought 
ones. A pair of these gauntlets she presented to Arthur, 
son of Mr. Aleck Yerger, who spent several days at her 
father's. Some years after the Civil War, he visited her at 
her home at Baird, and reminded her of the great comfort 
he derived from wearing them in the army. She was then 
Mrs. J. R. Baird. During the war she was taught by neigh- 
bors to make cheese, by pouring sweet milk and beef rennet 
into a mold or wooden press, upon which weights were 
placed. A great concern with Dr. C| was to obtain shoes 
for the negroes, so he had Mr. Smith, the overseer for 
Maj. Key's plantation, to teach Andrew, one of the young 
negro men to make this very important article. A beef 
was killed each Saturday for the plantation and family, 
and the hides were tanned in a vat, thus furnishing a good 
supply of leather. Andrew's occupation ever after was 
the manufacture of shoes for the negroes, which with other 
resources amply supplied their wants. They had an abun- 
dance of poultry, the smoke house was full of hams, sausage 
and other meats, the cribs with corn, pumpkins, peas, to- 
gether with vegetables, etc. The negroes seemed happy, 
but one night, fourteen young men left for Memphis, where 
they remained only a week and returned home. A source 
of great anxiety was a lack of nails for repairing and build- 
ing. No boats were running and the sole dependence for 
hearing from the outside world was when a traveler on 
horseback was entrusted with mails by the postmaster at 
Sidon and Blackhawk ; who distributed these as they passed 
through the neighborhood. These travelers excited much 
commotion until interviewed in regard to battles fought and 
reports from the armies. The sad news of Lee's surrender 
was crushing, and when T. C. Catchings came home, his 


first step upon the gallery emphasized that irrevocable blow. 
Dr. Catchings now felt that he could never be contented 
^upon a plantation with free negroes, so he sold Refuge and 
bought a home in Brandon, where he invested a large sum 
in a mercantile firm. After six years this firm failed and 
he sold the home, and returned to Sunflower Co. still own- 
ing some land there and resumed the practice of his pro- 

This was a rough experience for one of his age, as he 
frequently rode 20 miles to see a patient, sometimes 
through very thick cane. The last two years of his life, he 
did office practice. The family traveled (1861) from Hinds 
to their new abode in the carriage and buggy : the negroes 
in wagons. These negroes had been under the supervision 
of Mr. McGuire (overseer) and those in Sunflower with 
Mr. B. Dozier. Each of these had enlisted in the Confeder- 
ate Army, so now Dr. C. had the entire charge. All soon 
became comfortable and commodiously settled in this new, 
wild country amid cane brakes and dense forests. Before 
the blockade was established, he had shipped to Refuge a 
hogshead of sugar and several barrels of molasses for the 
use of the negroes. These, with the flour on hand, and a 
sack of coffee, were used judiciously, as it was not known 
where another supply could be had. Various substitutes 
were used for articles which could not be bought. Corn 
Tneal bran after being parched made a drink something like 
coffee, also small bits of sweet potato dried and brewed on 
the stove. 

Dr. C. experimented successfully in planting wheat. 
After being ground upon the corn mill, Mrs. C. had it 
sifted through tarleton for cake, and through the wire 
sifter for battercakes and gems. The plantation was well 
stocked with horses, mules, hogs and Durham cattle, poul- 
try, etc., which with fish from the river and lakes, wild 
ducks in abundance, venison, bear, wild turkeys, and other 
game, rendered life well filled with blessings. Four genial, 
pleasant families lived nearby. Horseback riding, fish fries, 
picnics, dances and driving were frequent in spite of hostili- 
ties. The country was inaccessible for either army. Once 
a body of Texas troops camped in the neighborhood. A 
soldier slept so near the fire that the back of his jacket 
was burned. Mrs. C. gave him a new woolen one made 
for the negroes and distributed the socks she had knit 
among them. On another occasion, a squad of Confeder- 
ates passed through from the Miss, river, and stopped a 
few days with Dr. C. They killed many ducks upon 
Mound Bayou, and enjoyed this. Also a Yankee gunboat 
chased a Confederate merchant boat up the Sunflower into 
Quiver River, believing that Confederate soldiers were on 
board. The latter burned their boat and escaped. The 


remains of the old machinery can still be seen in Quiver 
River (1921). The Yankees did not come on shore but re- 
turned down the river: they having surprised a dancing 
party at Garvin's ferrj\ The one or two Confederate sol- 
diers present escaped. One Yankee, captured.,on the Miss. 
river was brought through the country by Confederate 
scouts, and they stopped at Refuge, and sat quite a while 
upon the gallery to rest, and have fresh water. The Yan- 
kee in his suit of blue looked terrified, and was as white and 
silent as a statue. He was a wonderful curiosity and was 
the only Yankee seen by Dr. C. and family during the 
war, on account of the impenetrable forests of cane. At 
one time an extended fire swept through that locality. The 
explosions of the cane joints sounded like a battle. Much 
damage was done by the burning of gins and cabins. The 
fire was near enough to Dr. C's home for the grass in the 
yard to catch, and flaming particles of trees were blown 
around the yard, so he had every man on the place to come 
and cut down the trees nearby, in order to save his house, 
gin, cabins, etc. This was a place being cleared, with only 
about 600 acres in cultivation. The town of Inverness is 
now located upon it. The writer takes pride in knowing 
that this pretty village contains many charming homes, 
beautiful churches and stores. All Saints Episcopal church 
and Sunday School were organized, and the loveh^ building 
erected by Mr. and Mrs. Jos. B. Baird in 1914. 

Speaking of churches recalls memories of our first bishop, 
Rt. Rev. Wm. Mercer Green, beloved and respected by all 
in the diocese, specially the children and young. With 
these his gentle, amiable, affectionate consideration brought 
forth the sincerest responses under his benign influence. 
His visits to Dr. and Mrs. Catchings at Fleetwood found him 
surrounded by the children, also during visits to them in 
Sunflower Co. Dr. T. C. Baird, then a lad (1882) of seven or 
eight, and known as Catchings, rarely left his side, as he 
entertained him with puzzles and anecdotes. Other chil- 
dren would bring flowers, until he was in a circle with 
them and their offerings. Mrs. M. C. Torrey, 1921." 

265. Benjamin Holliday Catchings (10), b. May 30, 1804, 
in Wilkes Co., Ga., d. in New Orleans of cholera, March 
31, 1848, while on a business trip. He was a cotton planter 
in Copiah Co., Miss., m. Jan. 23, 1823, Miss Letitia Higgin- 
botham. She was b. March 19, 1805, d. Jan. 26, 1860. She 
was a sister of Sophia Higginbotham, the first wife of Dr. 
Thos. J. Catchings, a brother of Benj. Catchings. 

266. Silas Mercer Catchings (10), b. April 9, 1809, in 
Jones Co., Ga., Dec. 28, 1850, buried in Holmesville, Miss. 
He resided in Holmesville and was a large cotton planter 
and merchant and rich in slaves. He was a man of fine mind 


and sterling traits, married Miss Edith Sophia Drake, 
of Marion Co., Miss., May 22, 1833. She was b. Dec. 3, 1815, 
d. Sept. 11, 1851. She and husband are buried at Holmes- 
viJle. She was a cousin of Rev. Benj. Drake, a distinguished 
Methodist divine. After the death of S. M. Catchings and 
his wife, their children were taken by his brother, Thomas, 
to his home. He became their guardian, and had them 
educated and accomplished. In 1859 Dr. T. J. Catchings 
gave this guardianship to the eldest child, Thos. A. Catch- 
ings, he then being married and a practicing physician. 

267. Thomas Jefferson Catchings (10), b. Sept. 17, 180G, 
in Wilkes Co., Ga., d. at Vicksburg, Miss., May 13, 1883. 

Dr. Thomas J.'TCatchings, at the home of her mother, four 
miles from Bolton, Hinds Co., Miss., m. Nancy McNees Clen- 
dinen, daughter of Robt. Clendenin, Yorkville, S. C, attor- 
ney at law, and his wife Mar>' Ellen Myers. Dr. Catching' '> 
and bride took a trip after marriage, and he was fond of 
speaking of the magnificent variety of dahlias they saw at 
a great flower display North. At Louisville, Ky. he was 
presented by Geo. D. Prentiss with one of his celebrated 
poems, printed upon white satin, which he kept for many 
years as a valued relic, till Sherman's men came. 

Dr. Catchings died while on a visit to his son, Attorney- 
General Catchings, at Vicksburg, and was buried in the 
cemetery there. In 1839 he was nominated for Congress 
on the anti-Jackson ticket but declined on account of his 
profession and practice in Canton. He first m. Miss Sophia 
Higginbotham — no children. After his second marriage he 
retired from practice to the above named plantation in Hinds 
Co., Miss. It was a lovely home, with fruits, flowers and 
all comforts in abundance. There were 15 acres in his 
orchard, with all varieties of Southern fruits, besides an- 
other enclosure for berries, grapes and small fruits. In 
the winter of 1861 he sold this plantation known as Fleet- 
wood to Mr. Jos. E. Davis, brother of President Jefferson 
Davis, and removed with his family and negroes to his 
plantation in Sunflower Co., called Refuge. 

Mrs. Catchings became so teri'orized when Sherman bom- 
barded Vicksburg, that she prevailed upon her husband to 
leave as she felt that the troops would spread over that 
country. The bursting of shells was heard at Fleetwood, 
20 miles away. Several days prior to the departure of 
the family, Mrs. Joe Davis, a grand daughter and grand- 
son of Mr. Davis, Joseph and Alice Mitchel, with servants 
arrived. The plantation negroes occupied the quarters or 
cabins as designated in those days. Mr. Davis and brother, 
the president, owned large plantations on the Miss, riv^er 
at Davis Bend: President Davis' being called Briarfield 
or The Briars. Dr. C. and family were the guests of Mrs. 
Joe Davis till they could leave for Refuge. She was a 


most gracious hostess, with well trained and accomplished 
servants. One set of her China was white with delicate 
rose leaves around the edges, while the other set was deco- 
rated with a wide blue band, each set with the word "Hurri- 
cane" in the center of each piece: their plantation being 
known thus. Each bottle of champagne had this name blown 
into the glass, having been done in France, where the wine 
was bought during a trip there of Mr. and Mrs. Davis. Mrs, 
Davis was a tall, slender, refined lady and wore white 
throughout the year. After the war Dr. Catchings bought a 
home in Brandon, Miss., residing there six years, when lie 
returned in 1871, to Sunflower Co., and resumed the prac- 
tice of medicine, in which he was actively engaged until his 
death in 1883. Mrs. Bettie Maxey, nee Henry, of Brandon, 
wrote in August, 1897. "I have such vivid recollections of 
your dear old father in the Sunday School, and the lines of 
Tennyson, *0 blessings on his kindly face, and on his silver 
hair' are associated with him in memory." 

President Jefferson Davis bought the adjoining plantation 
to Fleetwood and moved his negroes there, both brothers 
thinking they had found safe places from the federalists, 
but Sherman's men came from Vicksburg and burned the 
dwellings, fences, negro houses ; virtually destroyed every 
vestige; leaving nothing behind them but ashes, ruins and 
desolation. It is said that Mr. Joe Davis' negroes w^ent 
to Clinton and brought Confederate troops who rescued him 
and family. 

Several years after peace was made. Dr. Catchings re- 
ceived a letter from an old friend, Mrs. Judge Monroe ,of 
Louisville, Ky., saying that she had seen advertised that 
morning in a paper that "if the friends of Dr. and Mrs. 
Catchings would call at a certain drug store, that their 
family Bible would be restored." She went at once and 
sent the dear book to him in Mississippi. Flowers that the 
children had pressed and a curl of one of them were 
undisturbed. It is now in the library of their son, T, C. 
Catchings, of Vicksburg ; is of handsome Morocco, with gilt 
edges and beautifully illustrated throughout. In gilt let- 
ters on the back are "Dr. and Mrs, T. J. Catchings." Their 
son, T. C. Catchings, has had it covered with heavy denim 
for preservation. It is evident that the entire collection 
of over a thousand choice books was shipped up north, as 
the Bible was packed with these in large boxes by him and 
left in the care of Mr. and Mrs, Davis, The elegant china 
and cut glass of Mrs. Catchings were packed in hogsheads^ 
ready to be sent also to them at "Refuge." One set of 
imported china, inherited from her mother, with a land- 
scape hand painted upon each piece, painted by order for 
her mother, was among them. Much handsome furniture; 
two pianos, one brought from S. Carolina with the family 


in 1839 — all were burned or shipped to the north, by the 
federalists. Fleetwood was a grand old home, with 100 
varieties of roses and hedges of evergreens, magnolias and 
all kinds of Southern flowers and shrubs. 

A carriage circle, bordered upon the inner side with 
large cedars, kept trimmed in a sugar loaf shape, and 
upon the outside of this circle was a hedge of wild peach 
(or laura mundi). This was trimmed flat upon the top 
and sides. Beyond and all around was a hedge of cape 
jessamine. An avenue of magnolias from the house to the 
front gate presented a stately appearance. With these and 
other spring flowers blooming, the atmosphere was laden 
with their perfume. Each bed was bordered with the 
dwarf box, which was also trimmed regularly. Honey- 
suckle, woodbine, hyacinths and other tuberous flowers, 
oleanders, an endless variety of elegant roses rendered 
these grounds a paradise. The mocking bird and other 
feathered songsters made their home here and in the great 
oaks upon the lawn on each side. 

During the legislature of 1870-1871, Dr. Catchings suc- 
ceeded in giving the present county of Leflore its name in 
honor of Greenwood Leflore, the old town of Greenwood 
being the county seat. Greenwood Leflore was a large 
planter and pioneer settler, near Greenwood. He was of 
French and Indian extraction and his palatial home was 
called "Malmaison," after that of Empress Josephine in 
France. He made a trip to that country and brought some 
of the furniture from the latter historic place for his home 
in Miss. The staircase is of mahogany. This residence 
and the surrounding plantation, still owned by his descend- 
ants ( 1921) is on the Southern Railway. He was a staunch 
Whig and bitterly opposed secession; was a member of the 
Legislature, and a noble citizen, honored by all ; owned 
majiy slaves. 



Eminent Americans 


Biographical and Historical Memoirs 

of their lives and actions 

By John Livingston 

of the New York Bar 

Volume IV 

New York 


157 Broadway 
London : 
Sampson Law, Son & Co. 
A. W. Galag-ni & Co. , 


Thomas J. Catchings 

Of Mississippi 

Joseph Catchings was a native of Georgia, from whence 
he emigrated to the Mississippi Territory in the year 1809. 
His son, Thomas J. Catchings, the subject of this memoir, 
was at the time a child under three years of age. He was 
kept at such schools as are usually found in new countries, 
until he was eighteen years of age, by which time he had 
received a very thorough English education, including 
mathematics and the natural sciences. He was probably 
influenced by his fondness for these studies to choose the 
medical profession. At the age of eighteen he commenced 
the study of medicine and at twenty and a half years, 
graduated with distinction at the Transylvania University, 
Lexington, Ky. His proficiency while a pupil is still re- 
membered by the faculty. Only a little more than a year 
ago, the celebrated Professor Dudley, in speaking of the 
thousands of young men who had attended his lectures re- 
marked "But as for Catchings, I could generally discover 
that he fully comprehended my subject by the time I was 
half done explaining it." This quickness of comprehension, 
united with great boldness and steadiness of nerve made 
him one of the most distinguished members of his profes- 
sion, until he retired from his practice in the year 1843. At 
the time of his graduation, there was a board of medical 
censors in Mississippi, and it was an offense punishable by 
fine and imprisonment for any physician to practice with- 
out a license from this board. Dr. Catchings returned home 
after graduating with so much character, that he was im- 
mediately appointed a member and soon afterwards Presi- 
dent of this body. Applicants for license frequently spoke 
in terms of admiration of the remarkable clearness with 
which he propounded questions in his examinations. He 
still shows the same faculty both in writing and public 
speaking. During sixteen years, it is believed no physician 
in Mississippi did a more extensive and successful practice, 
and yet, few men have read more books in the same length 
of time. 

A firm believer in the Christian religion, he has made 


the Bible his constant study for many years, not only for 
its moral and religious influence upon the mind and heart; 
but for the knowledge to be gained from no other source. 
In connection with the Bible, he has devoted much time to 
the study of geology and the natural history of the human 
races. In the year 1836, Dr. Catchings delivered a lecture 
before a popular audience in which he opposed the doctrine 
of the universality of the deluge, and maintained the the- 
ory of the original creation of the different human races. 
This lecture was published at the time by request, and 
was afterwards republished in many of the Southern news- 

As an evidence of the originality of his mind, the follow- 
ing fact is referred to. When he was a student of medicine, 
the profession v/as divided upon the question whether for- 
eign substances can be absorbed into the circulation in a 
state of health. Those who took the affirmative of the 
question were not able to detect the presence of foreign 
substances in the blood by analysis, while those who took 
the negative were unable to account for the admitted fact 
that various substances taken into the stomach soon make 
their appearance upon the skin and other surfaces of the 
body. Dr. Catchings, in answer to a question pro- 
pounded by the professor of Chemistry, boldly maintained 
in the presence of the whole class, that we must look to 
electricity for a solution of the question, and that foreign 
substances are conducted from the stomach to the various 
excretory organs, by the same laws which conduct acids 
and alkalies to the receptive poles of the galvanic battery. 
This opinion advanced nearly 27 years ago, has taken no 
hold upon the minds of the profession, yet Dr. Catchings has 
no doubt that it will in the course of time be universally 

Dr. Catching's political opinions were formed upon -a 
careful study of political economy, and the political writ- 
ings of the founders of the government. Adopting the Vir- 
ginia States Rights doctrine, he condemned the famous proc- 
lamation of Gen. Jackson as too consolidating in its ten- 
dency, and utterly destructive of States Rights. He also 
condemned the order for the removal of the public deposits 
from the United States Bank, as a measure uncalled for by 
the public interest while it inflicted the severest injury 
upon the business and property of the country. 

In the year 1836 he was nominated for Congress by the 
Anti-Jackson party, but declined the honor on account of 
the necessity he was under of pursuing the practice of his 
profession, and has since resided on plantation in the County 
of Hinds. 

In 1847 and 1849 Dr. Catchings was elected to the Legis- 
lature by very large majorities, running more than a hun- 


dred votes ahead of his party ticket. In the session of 
1850, the first movement towards secession was made in 
the legislature by the passage of joint resolutions relative 
to California and other newly acquired territories, and the 
appointment by the legislature of delegates to the Nashville 
Convention. On this account he found himself in a minor- 
ity consisting of only twenty members of both nouses. 
They, however, opposed the whole movement, and finally 
asked and obtained leave to enter protests on the journals. 
In 1851 a powerful reaction took place in the public mind 
and it became apparent to every thinking mind that the 
whole movement would be overthrown at the fall election 
by the Union party, as their candidate for the Speakership 
of the House of Representatives, but the secession party 
succeeded in defeating him only by one or two votes, by 
nominating a Union Democrat at the very moment of com- 
mencing the balloting. It has everywhere been admitted 
throughout the State, that no man ever served in the legis- 
lature with more success. Although he was firm in support 
of the Whig party, yet the suavity of his manners and re- 
spectful deportment towards the Democratic party: but 
more than this, his perfect familiarity with every subject 
in which he took any interest, generally enabled him to 
carry his own fav^orite measure, without much difficulty. 
It is a remarkable fact, that being in a political minority, 
he should always have been placed at the head of the most 
important committees. As chairman of the committee on 
the penitentiary he succeeded in effecting an entire change 
in the system of convict labor. He found it a miscellaneous 
workshop, competing with and ruining the honest mechanics 
■of the country. It is now a flourishing manufactory of cot- 
to nand woolen goods. He found it drawing annually large 
sums from the state treasury for its support. It is now 
paying back a handsome revenue into the State treasury. 
He succeded in obtaining appropriations from time to time, 
amounting to about in all $150,000, for the creation of a 
lunatic asylum. This building which is now approaching 
completion is constructed with the latest improvements for 
the accommodation of two hundred patients, and will reflect 
-credit on the state, as honor on the author. 

At the session of 1848, he prepared and presented a plan 
for a system of public schools for the state. He entered 
into the support of the measure with zeal, but was finally 
compelled to have it passed as a partial system, embracing 
only a few counties. In these counties, it is now in success- 
ful operation, and gives entire satisfaction to the people 
upon whom it operates. 

In the session of 1850, he prepared and advocated a bill 
which passed by a handsome majoritj% establishing a chair 
of Agricultural Chemistry and Geology in the State Uni- 
versity, and providing for a geological survey of the state. 


The memorial of the State of Mississippi to the Congress 
of the United States, for the passage of a law to protect 
against the importation of adulterated drugs and chemicals 
was prepared and introduced by Dr. Catchings in the session 
of 1848. This was the only legislative memorial to Con- 
gress on the subject and must have excited a great deal 
of influence in the passage of the law which has done more 
real good than any act of Congress in a quarter of a cen- 

During the last two sessions of the legislature Dr. Catch- 
ings was chairman of the committee on claims, and the 
able and impartial manner in which he discharged the duties 
of that important position was everywhere spoken of by all 
parties in terms of the highest admiration. He now vol- 
untarily declined reelection, with his popularity undimmed. 
Dr. Catchings is now forty-six years of age, is five feet 
eleven inches in height, and united with great firmness of 
character, very popular manners. His conversational pow- 
ers are of a high order, which on account of his familiarity 
with every branch of knowledge make him one of the most 
interesting and instructive companions in social life. 

He married Miss N. M. Clendinen, daughter of the late 
Robert Clendinen of South Carolina, a lady of rare personal 
accomplishments and great vigor of intellect. He has three 
children, and possessed as he is of an ample fortune, and 
free from political ambition, he proposes to spend the re- 
mainder of his life in their education and training, and 
the improvement of his estate." 

Rt. Rev. Wm. M. Green, of Miss., in the diocesan council 
of 1884, said: "A sense of gratitude and affection as well 
as of duty compels me to speak of one who though unor- 
dained to the ministry, was a preacher, a pastor and a 
builder of churches in every way allowable to a layman. 
Such was the late Dr. Thos. J. Catchings. As vestryman, 
Sunday School teacher and lay reader, he was indefatiga- 
ble in doing what he could, and together with his wife and 
daughters was successful in building more than one church 
to the glory of God. Who then will question the right of 
so deserving a brother to be held in grateful and honorable 

From Report of Council, 1884: 

"Dr. Catchings was born in the State of Georgia, Wilkes 
Co., in 1806. At an early age he removed to Miss., and 
adopted the profession of medicine. After acquiring both 
wealth and reputation, he retired to the less exacting occu- 
pation of a planter, where his labors were crowned with 
equal success. Throughout a life of more than three-score 
and ten, he was distinguished by his integrity as a man, 
and his usefulness as a citizen. Without any resort to the 
usual devices of the demagogue, he was repeatedly elected 



Brandon, Mississippi 

In which Dr. and Mrs. T. J. Catchin^s and family 

worshipped and in the erection of which the two 

former took an active part. 

to both houses of the legislature. In demeanor, Dr. Catch- 
ings was gentle, dignified and courteous, a pattern of the 
true gentleman. As a friend he was firm and lasting in 
his attachments. As a neighbor, kind and obliging and in 
the family circle no one could be more idoHzed. But it 
was as a Christian that our brother is more deserving of 
remembrance. Through the exertions of himself and fam- 
ily, two church buildings have been erected and many wor- 
shippers gathered into them. As a catechist, a lay-reader, 
and a visitor of the poor and afflicted, Dr. Catchings dis- 
charged all the duties of a pastoral nature that a layman 
is allowed to perform. Again and again, when in its turn, 
his little flock came to be visited, did the Bishop find a 
number prepared for baptism and confirmation by the zeal- 
ous instructions of this untiring worker for Christ. Being 
thus faithful unto death, and ripe for his reward, he passed 
into life on the 13th of May, 1883, in the 77th year of 
his age.— W. M. G." A tribute from Rt. Rev. Wm. Green, 
of Mississippi, in "The Churchman," 1883. 

Sewanee, Tenn., 
May 21, 1883." 

"Mrs. Thos. J. Catchings : 
My dear Friend: 

Your daughter's letter tells me that a great, though not 
unlocked for sorrow has come upon you, and I may say, 
upon me also. But why should we call it a "sorrow," when, 
in truth, and viewed by the light of another world, it has 
in it so much mercy and blessing. What more lovely sight 
could angels desire to look upon than that of an aged 
Christian after long and manfully fighting the world, the 
flesh and the devil, stripping himself of all fleshly incum- 
brances, to enter into the presence of his Lord. Viewed in 
that light, how light should be the loss of friends once dear 
to our hearts. Our tears may flow excusably, for Jesus 
wept at the grave of Lazarus. But our sorrow, specially 
under our present bereavement, should be largely tempered 
with thanksgiving. For if ever wife, or child, or friend, had 
cause to rejoice over the record of a departed one, you 
and I, dear friend, may mingle our thanks with our tears, 
over the grave of your justly beloved husband. Next to 
yourself and family, I loved and honored that good man. 
Few knew him better; none appreciated him more highly. 
His meek submission to reversed circumstances ; his gentle 
and courteous deportment to every one, his constant care 
to avoid offense; his devotion to his family; his love and 
labors for the church ; and his faithfulness in the perform- 
ance of all his duties, justified the admiration in which he 
was universally held, and will ever endear his memory to 
all who knew him. 

Most sincerely do I feel for you dear madam, in this hour 


of trial. My prayers shall be made that your faith fail 
not, and that the choicest comfortings of the Holy Sphit 
may be given you. You know as well as I do where true 
and full comfort is to be found. To that source, I commend 
you and yours in this hour of bereavement. 

Assuring you of my loving sympathy and prayers. 
Your friend and brother in Christ, 

W. M. Green." 
The above letter was from Rt. Rev. W. M. Green of Miss. 

"In the death of Dr. Thomas J. Catchings, which occurred 
in this city Sunday morning at the residence of his son, 
the Hon. Thomas C. Catchings, Attorney-General of the 
State, Mississippi is called upon to mourn the passing away 
of one of her oldest, most honored, and accomplished sons, 
and his depature from the busy scenes of life leaves a void 
in the circle in which he moved that can never be filled. 

"Dr. Catchings was born in Georgia, September 17, 1806, 
and consequently was in the seventy-seventh year of his age. 
From early youth to the hour of his death, the deceased was 
a citizen of Mississippi, and it may be said with entire truth, 
that this commonwealth held within its wide boundaries no 
son more devoted to its interests and its honor. Adopting 
the profession of medicine, he established himself in the 
young and growing town of Canton, Madison County, where 
he soon secured the highest professional reputation, and 
became a prominent and honored citizen in a community 
where men of brains and character were conspicuously abun- 
dant. Dr. Catchings not only early won his deservedly dis- 
tinguished reputation as a physician, but he secured the 
substantial reward of his arduous labors in the shape of 
an ample fortune, which enabled him to retire from prac- 
tice forty years ago, and while in the prime of life, to devote 
his attention to the more congenial avocation of a planter. 
His success as an agriculturalist was as complete and 
marked as was his triumph in the practice of medicine, and 
chiefly for the same reason. In the conduct of whatever 
business Dr. Catchings engaged he brought to bear superior 
native ability, aided by sound judgment, supplemented by 
great learning and varied stores of information upon al- 
most every subject. In fact, but few people we have ever 
known were better equipped for the affairs of life than the 
honored citizen who has just passed away. With an energy 
that never faltered, an intelligence that grappled with and 
mastered every subject that engaged his attention, and a 
character for integrity that never encountered a breath of 
suspicion, whatever our dead friend willed to do soon became 
an accomplished fact. 

"When Dr. Catchings abandoned the practice of medicine, 
he removed to Hinds County, where he soon became as suc- 


eessful a planter as he had preciously been as a physician, 
and the people of that county were prompt to recognize 
his ability, and call him into the service of the State. 
Against many able and eager competitors, he was repeat- 
edly chosen to represent Hinds County in each branch of the 
legislature, and there, as everywhere else, his course was 
distinguished by a zeal and ability that made him a recog- 
nized man of mark. 

"In politics, previous to the late colossal Civil War Dr. 
•Catchings was a Whig, and a devoted follower of the great 
leader of that party, gallant old Harry of the West, and was 
opposed to secession. When, however, the voice of Mis- 
sissippi declared for separation, he bowed to the decision of 
his old mother, and during all the storm of war, with its 
myriad sorrows and misfortunes, the State had no truer 
or more devoted son. 

"When the war came to a close, in common with his fel- 
low citizens. Dr. Catchings found himself stripped of nearly 
all of the fortune which years of industry had accumulated, 
but he indulged in no unmanly lamentations. Cheerfully 
accepting the situation, he set himself manfully to work to 
gather from the shattered wreck material with which to 
build a new barque with which to navigate the troubled 
ocean of life, and for several years he has been residing 
in Sunflower County, where he owned an estate. Here un- 
der adverse circumstances, his life was marked by the same 
characteristics that distinguished him in happier days. His 
courage, his fidelity, the steadiness of his friendship, and 
the gentle, flowing courtesy, which was a part of his nature, 
shone even more brightly than in his days of prosperous 
affluence, and rendered his society at all times a delightful 
pleasure to all who enjoyed his friendship. 

"We may not intrude upon the privacy of the sorrow 
stricken family and relatives of the deceased, but if it can 
tend to soothe their great grief to know that their sorrow 
is shared by thousands who have long known and honored 
him they mourn, the assurance may be safely accepted as 
a verity. In almost every county are to be found men who 
knew the late Thomas J. Catchings — men who were associ- 
ated with him in public affairs — and wherever the tidings 
of his death are borne, there will be heard a sigh of keen 
regret, and kind words for him whose pulseless heart can 
no longer be soothed by gentle words, nor wounded by 
harsh and unkind ones. 

"As his life was pure, simple and honorable, may his 
future be calm and happy. The record of his life, and the 
memory he has left, will be a priceless heritage to all who 
bear his name or trace their lineage to him, and that rec- 
ord and that memory will serve as a constant incentive to 
high and honorable actions." — Written by Col. W. H. Mc- 
Cardle, Vicksburg, Miss. 


"The Vicksburg Herald, of Tuesday, contains a beautiful 
and well merited tribute to the memory of the venerable 
T. J. Catchings, who died in this city at the residence of 
his son, Hon. T. C. Catchings, on Sunday last. Although 
he had long since retired from the turmoil of politics, and 
is remembered in connection with State affairs by few of 
the present generation, there were few men in this State a 
quarter of a century ago who exercisd a greater, or a better 
influnce, in one of the great parties of that time than did 
Dr. T. J. Catchings. A man of remarkably clear, vigorous 
intellect, sound judgment and the most sterling integrity 
of character, he was looked up to by the Whigs of the State 
as one of their most prudent advisers and there was no 
honor within their gift that they would not have freely 
bestowed upon him. Dr. Catchings was one of the most 
sturdy of those who resisted the storm of dissension in 1850, 
and those of his associates of that critical period who sur- 
vive him will remember the heroism with which he met and 
stemmed the wild wave which threatened even then to 
drive the State upon the wreck of secession. When it did 
come, no son of Mississippi was truer to his trust than he, 
and no one accepted his share of misfortune with more 
heroic resignation. Our individual recollection of the many 
virtues, the noble qualities, the kindly deeds of this noble 
man have been vividly renewed by the news of his death. 
Our memory paints him as we knew him in the long ago; 
the kindest and truest of friends, the safest and best of ad- 
visers, and we feel that in his death humanity has lost one 
of its noblest specimens. His pure, honorable and useful 
life has closed and left no memory that is not pleasant." 


To the Late Dr. T. J. Catchings, by the Physicians of 
Vicksburg. 1883— May 

At a meeting of the physicians of Vicksburg, Dr. T. J. 
Harper, presiding and Dr. C. S. Iglehart acting as Secretary, 
the following resolutions, reported by a committee for that 
purpose, were adopted: 

Whereas, The physicians of the city of Vicksburg, moved 
with regret at the announcement of the death of Dr. Thos. 
J. Catchings in their midst, and desiring to add a testi- 
monial of their esteem and appreciation of his great worth 
as a physician and as a citizen: therefore. 

Resolved, That in the death of Dr. Catchings we recog- 
nize the loss of one who, by his learning, skill and conscien- 
tious fidelity, achieved distinction in his professon; a mod- 
est and dignified gentleman, uniformly courteous and true 
to every trust, he won the esteem and respect of all who 
knew him. The impulses of his manly, generous heart were 
not bounded by narrow limits. His broad humanity and 


philanthropy are attested by some of the established insti- 
tutions of the State. He was the author of the first public 
school law of the State, enacted forty years ago for his own 
county, and the adoption of which he urged for the whole 
State ; and to his influence and urgent counsel more than to 
all else are we indebted for the State Insane Asylum. In 
the varied spheres of his useful life he won the divine 
ecomium grander than all meeds of earthly praise, "Well 
done, thou good and faithful servant." In his loss the pro- 
fession which he adorned, the community whose esteem his 
worth inspired, society, and the State whose welfare he 
cherished with ardent patriotism, suffer indeed a sad be- 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the 
family of the deceased in token of our sympathy with their 

Thos. J. Harper, M. D., 
Jas. M. Hunt, M. D., 
R. A. Quinn, M. D., 
S. D. Robbins, M. D., 


"By recent Vicksburg papers we notice the death of Dr. 
T. J. Catchings, of Sunflower Co., formerly of Hinds Co. 
He was the father of Attorney-General T. C. Catchings, 
Mrs. M. C. Torrey, and Mrs. John R. Baird. The Clarion, 
Jackson, Miss., has the following notice of the deceased: *In 
the fulness of years and crowned with the honors of a well 
spent life, Dr. T. J. Catchings has been gathered to his 
fathers. When he entered upon the light of the life beyond 
the grave he had attained the ripe old age of 77. To the 
older citizens of Hinds Co. where he lived so long, and by 
whom he was so beloved and honored, the news of his death 
will be full of sadness.' With a bright, clear intellect, pro- 
found learning and with warm sympathies and great affec- 
tions, and possessing the courtliness of the Southern gen- 
tleman, Dr. Catchings wielded an immense influence in all 
circles. He was a Freemason of high degree: a Knight 
Templar. After the Civil War he represented Rankin Co. 
in the legislature while residing in Brandon, Miss. Maj. 
Ethel Barksdale, Jackson, Miss/' 

'The Vicksburg Evening Post." 

"Dr. Thomas J. Catchings died in this city, at the resi- 
dence of his son, Gen. T. C. Catchings, on Sundaj^ morning, 
at the ripe age of 77 years. He was born in the State of 
Georgia, but his father removed to this State when he was 
only 18 months old, so that in his life he shared all of the 
vicissitudes of the history of Mississippi. At the age of 21 
he commenced the practice of medicine in Madison County, 


and became known far and wide, for his learning and skill. 
He so combined gentleness and dignity with conscientious 
fidelity in his practice that he worthily achieved great pop- 
ularity in his profession. In a few years, however, 
and soon after his marriage, he retired from practice, 
preferring the then more agreeable and quieter life of the 
country ; removing about 1843 to his plantation in Hinds 
County, where he continued to live up to the beginning of 
the late war. During these years, fortune smiled upon his 
efforts, which, characterized by sagacity and industry, 
brought to him the reward of affluence and wealth. He 
suffered with others of the South, great losses incident to 
the reverses of the war, and some years afterwards he re- 
moved to his plantation in Sunflower County, where he again 
resumed the practice of his profession, which he continued 
up to some two years ago, when his failing health required 
of him enforced rest. The confidence and esteem of his 
fellow citizens, inspired by his excellent life, were attested 
by the fact that on several occasions they confided to him, 
unsought, the trusts of public station. Before the Civil 
War, he served his people in the legislature, first in the 
House, and afterwards in the Senate, and again after the 
close of the war, in the House. He was also the President 
of the first Board of Medical Censors organized in the State. 

"Among his contemporaries in the Senate were numbered 
some of the foremost intellects in the State. There were 
H. T. Ellet, J. L. Alcorn, I. N. Davis of Panola, Jas. Drane 
of Choctaw, Gen. A. M. West, Wm. McWillie (afterwards 
Governor), Reynolds, Farrar of Natchez, Col. White of 
Yazoo, Judge Arthur of Vicksburg, and others distinguished 
for their intelligence and character. It was among men 
like these that he took front rank, in the deliberation of 
the affairs of State, and so well was he appreciated that he 
was appointed Chairman of the Insane Asylum Committee^ 
although a Whig, and v/hen there were onl yeight Whigs in 
the Senate. 

"Dr. Catchings was no ordinary man. Throughout life, 
and in his intercourse with all men, he was distinguished 
for that simple, dignified, and courteous bearing which 
spring from the instincts of a true gentleman, and which 
is above and beyond mere conventional politeness. He was 
brave, and honorable and gentle. Of frugal habits and sim- 
ple tastes, yet he was full of generosity and consideration, 
so that he enjoyed to a remarkable degree the devotion and 
love of his family and neighbors. It is said that he w^as as 
gallant and considerate in the delicate attention to his wife 
throughout the forty years of his married life, as in the 
days of his early love. 

"Unselfishness was a marked characteristic of his nature. 
With him "self" never turned the "wavering balance" — his 


thoughtfulness was always for others. He was a man of 
larg-e information and learning, and during the years of his 
retirement from his practice he still pursued the study of 
the science of medicine and of its growth and development. 
He believed in the law of progress, as applied to all institu- 
tions, and hence it was that with an elastic comprehension 
he clearly studied the changing phases of men and affairs, 
the sciences and social institutions in their gradual unfold- 
ing and development. 

"In the death of this venerable citizen, society and the 
state suffer a misfortune, in the loss of an accomplished 
physician, a large-hearted gentleman, a public spirited citi- 
zen, and a devoted patriot. He was a type of that class of 
m.en who belong to a past era — that higher type which was 
largely the product of surroundings now passed away, and 
whose members are fast falling by the wayside — but about 
the evening of whose well-spent lives gathers a halo of 
glory, as the purple tints of a setting sun circle about his 
golden couch." — Written by Major McGruder, Attorney-at- 
Law, Vicksburg, Miss., May 15, 1883. 

"Lexington, Ky., March 16, 1827. Dear Sir: I take 
pleasure in writing to you by our mutual friend, Thomas J. 
Catchings, M. D., of Holmesville, Miss., as I am indebted 
to you for my acquaintance with him. The doctor was one 
of our graduates in medicine at the commencement held this 
day and I assure you he was surpassed by no one in the 
general and minute acquaintance he displayed in his private 
and public examination. 

"The greater part of the time spent by the Doctor in Lex- 
ington he was an inmate of my family, and it gives me 
great pleasure to assure you that he unites to superior 
medical attainment, excellent morals and the best habits for 
professional usefulness. I feel persuaded, when you see 
your young friend again, you will be agreeably entertained 
with his powers of conversation on subjects connected with 
the useful and ornamental branches of medical science. I 
am, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, 

W. H. Richardson," 
The Honorable T. B. Reed, 
Natchez, Miss. 

"Thos. B. Reed was a native of Kentucky. In 1822 he 
was attorney-general of Mississippi, and from 1826 to 1829 
he was U. S. Senator from Miss. He was the head of the 
bar in Natchez and potential in politics." 

The diploma received by Dr. Thos. J. Catchings, from 
the Transylvania Medical College, Lexington, Ky. is writte;n 
in Latin (which renders it difficult to copy). The date is 
given as "Datum Lexingtoniae, XX Martii, Anno Salutis 
Milesimo, Octingentisimo, XXVII, etc. The signatures are:- 

W. H. Richardson, M. D. Praes. 

Wm. Jackson M. D. Scrib." 


Another document also in sheepskin and in Latin is from 


Republica Kentuckiensi," etc. 

Horatius Holly M. D. Praeses 

B. W. Ladney M. Anat & Chi ( ?) 

Carolus Caldwell M D Instit. Med 

and Prac. Clin. Prof. 
Dan Drake M. D. Theoret et Pras. 

M. D. Prof. 
Gul H. Richardson M. D. Art. Ob- 

stit. Prof. 
Jacobus Blvthe D. D. Chem. (?) 

Carolus W. Short M. D. Mat. Med. 

J. Bot, Med. Prof." 

1'his is signed by 

Thomas Bradford C. ( ?) 
Thomas Nelson 
Thomas Bodley 
Benj. (?) Gratz 
Jacobus (?) 
Wm. Richardson 

Some of the signatures are faded and entirely impossible 
to decipher in the above medical diploma of T. J, Catchings. 

"About 1830, Thos. J. Catchings, M. D., Daniel, Thos. and 
James Norman, Jerry Maxwell, James Ellis, Wm. Dickson 
and Wiley P. Harris, organized a Masonic Lodge, named 
after John A. Quitman. It was chartered "Quitman Lodge," 
Georgetown, Miss. Dr. T. J. Catchings was the first wor- 
shipful master of Quitman Lodge. Felix Magee, Bedias, 
Texas, 1898." 

"One member of the Lodge at present and descendant of 
a charter member, has the charter of the first lodge in his 
possession, which was written on sheepskin or parchment, 
and is in a good state of preservation. This lodge was or- 
ganized Feb. 20, 1830. I find named in charter, Thomas J. 
Catchings, Solomon R. Terrell, and Daniel Norman, Jr. 
These were named as officers, appointed by the Grand 
Lodge: Thomas J. Catchings, Master; Solomon R. Terrell, 
Senior Warden, and Daniel Norman, Jr., Junior Warden. I 
suppose Wiley P. Harris and Felix Magee were charter 
members, but not officers. The charter was issued Feb. 20, 
1830, by R. F. Merrick, Sec. of Grand Lodge, Natchez, Miss. 
This lodge when organized was named Quitman Lodge." 
Franklin B. Catching, Oct. 13, 1919, Georgetown, Miss." 


Thos. J. Catchings, M. D., "Monroe, May 7, 1827. 

Sir: We have understood that it would be agreeable to 
you to accept of the appointment of a membership of the 
Eastern Board of Medical Censors have, therefore, appointed 
you as a member thereof, and it has been so entered of 
record. You will therefore please inform us of your accept- 
ance of the above appointment. 

We have, Sir, the honor to be, very respectfully, 

Your obedient servant, 

W. P. Harris, President, 
Richard F. Floyd, Secretary, 

To Thos. J. Catchings, M. D. 

"We, the masters and wardens of Canton Lodge No. 28, 
of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, held in the town of 
Canton, and working under the authority of a charter from 
the grand lodge of Mississippi, do hereby certify that our 
worthy brother, Thos. J. Catchings, has been regularly en- 
tered, passed and raised to the sublime degree of Master 
Mason, and during his continuance with us he conducted 
himself as becomes a true and faithful brother and as such 
we do recommend him to the kind offices of all our loving 
brethren around the globe. 

In testimony whereof, we have hereunto set our hands 
and authorized the secretary of our said lodge to affix here- 
unto the seal thereof, this the 17th dav of February, A. D., 
1849, A. L. 5849 . 

Will L. Bailev, W., 

J. L. Mitchell, S., 

James Priestly, J., 

John T. Cameron, Secretary." 

Among the cards given to Dr. T. J. Catchings just prior 
to his death by Masonic friends were those of "E. T. Henry, 
M. D., Vicksburg Mississippi. P. G. C. Motto : "Spes meai in 
Deo Est." Number above "Eagle with Sword 32." 

"H. Wilkerson, Vicksburg, Miss., Magnolia Commandery, 
No. 2, K. T.", etc. 

"C. A. Manlove, Magnolia Commandery, No. 2, K. T,, 
Vicksburg, Mississippi." Beneath the crown and on the 
arms of cross, are the letters "K. T." At the base of the 
cross is the motto on a ribbon, "In hoc, Signo Vinces." 

"W. G. Paxton, Eminent Commander, Magnolia Command- 
ery, No. 2, K. T., Vicksburg, Miss." "Knights Templar, In 
hoc, signes Vinces." 

"M. B. Fulkerson, Port Gibson, Mississippi, Coeur de 
Lion Commandery, No. 13." Motto — "In hoc signo vinces," 
and. Be thou faithful unto death." 

"James T. Meade, Lexington, Mississippi. Lexington 
Commandery, No. 3, K. T." "Cross, crown, compass and 


"Gustave J. Bahn, 32^ Natchez, Mississippi. P. G. C. G. 
Rosalie Commandery, No. 5." 

Card of Dr. T. J. Catching's. 

"Thomas J. Catchings, M. D., Mangolia Commandery^ 
Vicksburg, Mississippi, No. 2, K. T. Maltese cross, with 
K. T. and in hoc, signo vinces." 

Dr. T. J. Catchings was a Knights Templar and a member 
of Tappan Lodge No. 59, at Brownsville, Hinds County, Miss. 
He was, after the civil war a member of the Magnolia Com- 
mandery, Vicksburg, Miss. A lodge called T. J. Catchings 
lodge 394 was in honor of him established at Johnsonville, 
then county site of Sunflower County, Miss., and a two- 
story building erected. It was afterwards removed to Baird,, 
where a building was erected in 1894. The lodge under 
same name is now at Invernes, Miss." 

When a young man. Dr. T. J. Catchings, in order to do 
away with the abrupt ending of the name Catching, added 
an "s." All of his descendants and some relatives use this,. 
However many adhere to the old spelling. 


"Mrs. N. M. Catchings, who died at Lithia Springs, Ga., 
on June 23, 1891, was a woman of marked individuality, 
vigorous intellect, and high character. Better than all this, 
she was generous, sympathetic and charitable in the fullest 

"She was a native of South Carolina, but came to Missis- 
sippi while a young girl and it continued to be her home 
until her death, which did not come until she had lived one 
year more than the three score and ten. Her father, Hon. 
Robert Clendinen, was a gifted man and ranked among the 
leaders of the South Carolina bar. Her mother was a 
woman of singular and striking beauty of person. From 
them she inherited both intellect and beauty. She was 
married forty-seven years ago to Dr. Thos. J. Catchings, who 
died at his son's residence in this city in 1883. He was as 
nearly perfect as man can be, and under his protection and 
loving care her intellect expanded, and her accomplishments 
grew, until she was a peer in any company. Indeed, wher- 
ever she went, she quietly and unobtrusively, but surely 
and naturally, took her place among the foremost. Until 
the misfortunes of the Civil War came upon them, their 
fortune was ample, and at their home in Hinds County 
they displayed an elegant and bounteous hospitality, w^hich 
is still gratefully remembered by the survivors among their 
neighbors and friends. 

"No appeal was ever made in vain to either of them for 
counsel or help. They submited with courage and fortitude 
to the losses inflicted by the war, and with equanimity unto 
the end, by their example, giving heart and hope to all 
with whom they came in contact. 



(Copied from an oil portrait painted about 1846, while residing 

in Hinds County, Mississippi) 

"They were deeply religious, though not ostentatious 
about it. Their faith was that of the Episcopal Church, 
and in it they lived and died. 

"The beantiful edifice at Brandon, Miss., will ever be a 
monument to this remarkable woman, it having been chiefly 
through her instrumentality that it was built. Also the 
chapel at Johnsonville, Sunflower Co., was erected to a 
considerable extent through the encouragement and aid of 
her and husband. Her loyalty to her friends, and devotion 
to her children were absolute and unfaltering. With her, 
all they did was well done. 

"She was a fine conversationalist, and extremely fond of 
good company, and her charm of manner and storehouse 
of information made her presence always welcome. To the 
young she was especially attractive. Her nature was so 
sympathetic that she seemed by intuition to understand 
them ,and knew how to touch the best that was in them. 
During the last few years of her life she was a great suf- 
ferer. How patiently she bore her afflictions, is only known 
to her family and a few intimate friends, for to others they 
were never mentioned. 

"Her children and friends were devoted to her, and she 
died, knowing that they would ever keep her memory green. 
She was buried in the Vicksburg cemetery, by the side of 
her distinguished husband, whom she loved and honored in 
life, and there they will together await the resurrection. 

"Their goods works here, and their simple, unswerving 
faith in the Redeemer, make it sure that their place will 
be with the holy and blessed. 

T. C. Catchings." 

"The honored remains of Mrs. Dr. T. J. Catchings, nee 
N. M. Clendinen, reached the city yesterday afternoon. 
The funeral occurred a few hours later, at 6 P. M., at Holy 
Trinity Church, Rev. Nowell Logan officiating. There was 
a large attendance of friends of the lamented lady and a 
full voluntary choir contributed to the impressiveness of 
the occasion. The pall bearers were Messrs. Collier, J. P. 
Roach, D. A. Campbell, Vincent Bonelli, George M. Klein, 
Marye Dabney, W. E. Flippen and J. V. R. Cramer. These 
bore the remains into the church, the choir meanwhile 
singing the hymn "Come Ye Disconsolate," followed by an 
anthem. The usual services were read and after singing 
'0 Paradise, O Paradise,' the procession left the church 
while the choir sang 'Asleep in Jesus.' A large portion of 
the congregation followed the wonderful cortege to the 
cemetery where the honored dead was laid to rest by the 
side of her husband. Vicksburg, Miss., June 26, 1891." 

"The community will deeply sympathize with Congress- 
man T. C. Catchings in the great bereavement he has sus- 
tained by the death of his venerable mother, Mrs. T. J. 


Catchings, which occurred yesterday, June 23, 1891, at 
Lithia Springs, Ga., where she had gone with the hope of 
recuperating her health. She has been an invalid for sev- 
eral years and a severe attack of LaGrippe a year ago af- 
fected her eyes and rendered her unable to read. This was 
a great deprivation as she was a cultured and learned lady ; 
was fond of literature, and reading was one of her chief 
pleasures. The deceased lady was loved, respected and 
esteemed by all who knew her, and possessed the unbounded 
love and devotion of her children. Her beautiful Christian 
character warrants the belief that she is now a saint in 
Israel. Mrs. Catchings' remains will be brought to Vicks- 
burg for interment, the funeral services will take place 
at Holy Trinity Church tomorrow afternoon at 5 o'clock. 
Rev. Nowell Logan officiating. The many friends of the 
Hon. T. C. Catchings in Greenville will join in the above ex- 
pressions of sympathv. The Greenville Times, Greenville, 
Miss. June 24, 1891." 

"Mrs. Catchings sang most pathetically and beautifully 
band's death, he frequently spoke of the songs I used to 
sing when young." 

Mrs. Catchings sang most pathetically and beautifully 
"The Irish Immigrant's Lament," "'The Old Arm Chair," 
"A Life on the Ocean Wave," "A Poor Cracovian Maid," 
"The Blind Boy," and other popular songs of that period. 
Her voice was clear and remarkably sweet. Her sister, 
Mary, Mrs. Allen J. Polk, was Queen of May when she 
graduated from the Institute in Columbia, Tenn., in 1845, 
Rector Smith's School. She performed on the piano, harp 
and guitar, sang exquisitely and won the first honor in her 
class. She died 1853, in the 25th year of her age, a beau- 
tiful, lovely woman. She was also Queen of May at the 
school of Mr. Chapman in Vicksburg, Miss. 

Miss Mary A. Catchings, afterwards Mrs. D. M. Heming- 
way, often played the piano accompaniments for the songs 
Mrs. Catchings sang, she being a very accomplished per- 

Many other beautiful tributes to Dr. and Mrs. T. J. 
Catchings were v/ritten in memoriam. She was born July 
4, 1820, in the home of her parents, in Yorkville, S. C. ; was 
educated in Columbia, S. C, in the school of Mr. Marks, and 
Baltimore, Md. ; was eldest daughter of Robt. Clendinen, 
attornej^-at-law, and wife, Mary Ellen Myers." 

"Baird, Mississippi, May 4, 1894. 
My dear Sister: 

"Your letter reached me this morning and as it is the 
day 'after the ball' and the dedication of the Masonic hall 
here, I hasten to reply. Yesterday was truly a memorable 
•one for Baird. The town was crowded with people from 
all points of the compass, Greenville, Greenwood, Ittabena, 


and many other places, who came in numbers. The hotel 
and every house in town were filled. The dedication was 
beautiful and impressive. Rev. Mr. Cross was master of 
ceremonies. Rev. Dr. Lewis, who performed the marriage 
ceremony for Mr. Baird and me, was the chaplain. Mr. 
E. N. Thomas was the orator. In his address he spoke 
very gratefully of the superb donation of the lodge building, 
and said the name of T. J. Catchings would be handed 
down for generations, and that you could not have erected 
a more desirable memorial. Father's picture, with the 
brass tablet beneath, hung where the chancel in a church 
would be. It did look so benign and gentle, and as though 
he were ready to speak. I could almost imagine he heard 
every word and saw the audience. Dr. Lewis in his prayer 
seemed very much affected. When he spoke of father as 
his "old beloved friend," I could not keep the tears back. 
Old Dr. Rice of Hinds Co., came and shook hands with me. 
This meeting with fathers old friends carried me back to 
my childhood. 

'Tell Catchings I wish that I could give him the names 
of the young ladies and gentlemen of his acquaintaiice, who 
were present. I was introduced to them all, but can re- 
member but few. Each of them spoke very admiringly of 
him. Among the number were Mesdames Skinner and Bell, 
the Misses Vallient and Birdie Love, with ten or twelve oth- 
ers of his Greenville friends. All pronounced the day very 
enjoyable. Mrs. Watson was particularly complimentary of 
Catchings, my dear son, and said he had brains enough 
to make anything of himself. 

Your affectionate sister, 

N. C. Baird." 

For Mrs. M. C. Torrey, 

Sewanee, Tennessee" 


"The dedication of T. J. Catchings Lodge, No. 394, at 
Baird, on the 3rd, was all that could have been wished by 
the mystic order. This county has never witnessed such a 
throng of people. Not only of home folk, but Greenwood 
and Greenville had their dozens there. Countless numbers 
of white aprons were unfurled to the breezes. The dedi- 
cation ceremony was participated in by Rev. Wm. Cross, 
Wm. Starling, J. H. Baker, J. M. Lawrence, Th. Pohl, A. C. 
Craig, Rev. J. M. Lewis, A. C. McCullough, N. Goldstein, 
Henry Crittenden, Jake Wilczinski, J. J. West, G. L. Smith, 
J. W. Welch. 

"The dinner spread under a beautiful grove on the banks 
of the Sunflower, consisted of finely barbecued beef, mut- 
ton, kid, and pork, baskets of turkey, chicken, and all kinds 
of dainties, delicacies and sweet things. Ice cream flowed 


like an avalanche "down Greenland's mountain sides." A 
grand ball was participated in by the g-uests in the hall at 
night, which was a brilliant success. 

The Tocsin, Indianola, May 12, 1894." 

"A DAY AT BAIRD— MAY 12, 1894 
On last Thursday occurred the dedicatory ceremonies of 
the new Masonic Hall. * * * This mag'nificent structure 
stands as a lasting monument to the generosity of Mrs. 
Torrey, who donated the lot and built the house in honor 
of her father, the late Dr. Thos. J. Catchings. The exer^ 
cises were impressive and interesting. Hon. E. N. Thomas 
of Greenville, the orator of the day, made an address at 
once eloquent and appropriate. Many members of the mys- 
tic order, in different portions of the state, were present. 
After the above exercies, dinner was served by the hospi- 
table ladies of that thriving little city. The grandest ball 
of the season was participated in that evening by the gal- 
lantary and beauty of this and contiguous counties. 

The Indianola Index." 

"Resolved that this Lodge return their heartfelt thanks 
to Mrs. J. M. Lawrence, and Mrs. John R. Baird for the 
beautiful altar cushion presented to the Lodge by them. 

"Resolved, further that these resolutions be spread upon 
the minutes, and copies mailed to Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. 
Baird, and that they be published at the same time with 
the resolutions thanking Mrs. Torrey for this Lodge build- 

"Whereas: The officers and members of T. J. Catchings 
Lodge No., 394, A. F. and A. M., are desirous of putting 
on record their appreciation of the noble act of Mrs. Tor- 
rey, as exemplified" in the erection and presentation to said 
Lodge, of the beautiful masonic temple and grounds now 
occupied by them, therefore be it, 

"Resolved by T. J. Catchings Lodge, No. 394, on the 
Registry of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi, of Ancient, 
Free and Accepted Masons, that this Lodge tenders to 
Mrs. M. C. Torrey its sincere and heartfelt thanks for 
this splendid enduring gift received from her hands, with 
the assurance that one who is devoted to the welfare and 
prosperity of our beloved order, will ever live in the hearts 
of all true masons, and inspire them to acts of benevolence 
and charity in humble imitation of her own good deeds, 
and with the hope that the Supreme Architect of the Uni- 
verse may grant her peace and plenty in this little life, 
and enroll her name in the archives of His Temple in Heaven. 

"Resolved: That these resolutions be entered upon the 
minutes of the Lodge, and that a copy of them be engrossed 
£nd framed and presented to Mrs. M. C. Torrey." 


Note: A previous an'angement of this book inadvert- 
ently placed a part of the Catching family (Nos. 728-774) 
-under the Holliday family. The correction of that error 
accounts for the break in consecutive numbering between 
272 and 273. 

268. Seymour Scott Catching (10), b. February 1, 1820, 
Pike County, Miss., died in 1867, of yellow fever in Summit, 
Miss., upon returning from New York. 

Seymour Scott Catching lived on his cotton plantation 
on Pearl river, Copiah county, prior to the civil war. After 
this he bought a home in Summit, Miss., and engaged in 
merchandising. He was a tall, fine looking man and very 
jovial, fond of hunting and fishing, married Miss Sarah 
Smith in 1842, a niece of Judge Robert Love, and a sister 
of Dr. Rankin Smith, and Mrs. Noel Catching. 

269. Sallie Dickerson Catching (10), b. April 12 (1802?) ; 
d. May 22, 1841 — burie d in Madison Co., Miss. m. Judge 
Robert Love, a wealthy cotton planter and slave owner, 
lived in Madison county, near Canton; a very intelligent 
gentleman and celebrated for humor and anecdotes. He 
was a widower with five children when Sallie Catching 
married him and they all loved her, a very remarkable in- 


270. Frances Catching (265), b. Copiah Co., Miss., Mar. 
27, 1825, d. Sept. 17, 1851, m. Dr. Abner P. Steele, first 
wife, Dec., 1848. Their daughter, Laura Abner Steele, on 
March 11, 1880, m. Rev. James Forsyth, of the Mississippi 
Conference. Their son, James Steele Forsyth, b. Oct. 25, 

271. Harriet Eleanor Catching (265), b. in Copiah Co., 
Miss., Oct. 23, 1828, d. Jan. 4, 1910. 

272. Thomas J. Catching (265), b. in Copiah Co., Miss., 
May 11, 1827, d April 15, 1879 He m. Miss Ella Fly, of 
Madison Co.^Miss., Oct. 28, 1851, sister of Rev. Mr. Fly. 
He planted several years on the Brazos River, Texas, then 
became a merchant in Vicksburg, Miss. He was buried 
in the cemetery there. His wife, and daughter, Mrs. Lou 
Ella Searles, are buried beside him. 

When a small child, I remember a visit made to my father 
and mother at their home in Hinds Co., by cousin Tom 
Catchings and wife, Ella Fly. She was a very pretty, at- 
tractive lady and won the children by playing and singing 
for them upon the piano, such songs as "How Old Are You, 
Billy Boy, Charming Billy?" We thought she was per- 
fection. Cousin Tom made father a visit after the civil 
war, in his Brandon home: was a handsome, genial, af- 
fectionate gentleman. M. C. Torrey. 



728a. Silas F. Catching (272), began life in Vicksburg, 
Miss., as a merchant, then moved to Louisville, Ky., but fin- 
ally settled in New York City, is a handsome, polished gen- 
tleman, affectionate husband, father, brother and son. Mar- 
ried Miss Nora Waddill, daughter of Maj. and Mrs, Geo. C. 
Waddill, of Vicksburg. Their house is at Livingston Sta- 
tion, Staten Island, N. Y. They have one son, Waddili 
Catching who is (1913) president of two large corpora- 
tions, one at a salary of $25,000, and the other at $10,000, 
and his stock and bond investments are $10,000. 34 years 
of age. He attended Harvard four years and graduated 
in law from that institution; practiced law in New York, 
was chairman of the War Service Commission, N. Y. Cham- 
ber of Commerce, 1918, made a speech there Feb. 22, 1918, 

729. Emma Catching (272), unusually pretty and charm- 
ing, m. Fred Hudson, Yazoo C^ity, Miss. He was a lawyer. 
d. 1910. They moved to Monroe, and from there to Shreve- 
port, La." 

730. Harriet Malinda Catchings (272), d. spring of 1899. 
Sarah Frances Catching m. Hugh Swinton Potts, Monroe, 
La. Their children are Hugh Swinton, Jr. and Leonora 
Potts. She is buried in Monroe; was a very unselfish, pure 

732. WiUiam Benjamin Catching (272), b. Aug. 5, 1857, 
in Gonzales, Texas, d. Dec. 1, 1907, in New York City in an 
automobile accident. He and his brother Silas had gone 
there to live. On Dec. 9, 1879, he m. Miss Hermine, daugh- 
ter of Rev. Dr. Baird, a Presbyterian minister in Nashville, 
Tenn, She was b, in Winchester, Tenn,, Dec. 20, 1858, 
They first met while he was a student at Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity, Nashville, Tenn. He served in Co. K. 1st Alabama 
Vol. Infantry Spanish- American War. Their children are: 

(1.) Beni. Silas, b. Oct. 9, 1880, A lawyer in New York 
City, who m. Miss Elizabeth McKee of Va, on Oct. 5, 1910. 
Issue: Joseph Benj. Catchings. 

(2.) Marjorie Catching, b. Oct. 1882. m. Grafton Colvin 
of Va., and a Harvard man, on Dec. 7, 1911. Issue: 

Marjorie Colvin, b. 1912. 

Jane Colvin, b. 1916. 

Grafton Colvin, Jr., b. 1918. 

(3) Thos. Baird Catchings, b. Aug. 18, 1884. Civil En- 
gineer. He was Capt. of Co. B. 307th Regt. U. S. Engineers 
in the World War. 

(4.) Nellie Catching, b. 1886. d. in infancy. 

(5.) Baird and Silas Catching (twins), b. 1891, d. in in- 

(6.) William Baird Catching, b. 1891. m. Miss Paige 
Boadley, on Dec. 21, 1916. Their son: 

Thomas Paige Catching, b. Sept, 24, 1919. 


Wm. Benjamin Catching, father of the above, wa3 the 
handsomest of the entire Catching family : tall, erect, genial 
and attractive. 

Mrs. Wm. Benj. Catching compiled a historj' of the Baird 
family, published 1918 by her brother, who is of the firm of 
Ward-Baird of Nashville, Tenn. 

733. Lou Ella Catching (272), m. Capt. Chas. Searles 
of the Vicksburg Southrons (militia) ; is buried in Vicks- 
burg ; was sylish and attractive and a belle. 


Mrs. S. F. Catching is by nature a polished, channing 
society woman, graceful and attractive, as were her beauti- 
ful mother and elegant father. 

734. Waddill Catching (728), b. 1879, m. Miss Werner, of 
Columbus, 0., Nov. 7, 1914. 

735. Nora Shelby Catching (728), was educated at Notre 
Dame Institute, Baltimore, m. Abner Hunter Piatt, a native 
of Ky., March 30, 1910, at St. Mary's Church, Livingston, 
Staten Island, N. Y. Resides at New Brighton, Staten Is- 
land, Franklin Ave. They have a son, Waddill Piatt, born 
June 26, 1912, and Hugh Piatt, and have other children; 
all very beautiful. Capt. A. H. Piatt was in charge of a 
company in France during the World War. Their first 
child, Hunter Piatt, died. 

736. Hallette Hudson (729), m. V. B. Liddell. One child, 
William Hudson Liddell. 


737. Wilma Hudson (729), m. Dec. 3, 1908, Walter 
Thatcher. She d. Oct. 3, 1909. 

738. Thos. Catching Hudson (729), the oldest of the boys. 

739. Barnes and Byrnes Hudson (729). 

Harriet M. Catching (730), a pious sincere character, m. 
Mr. Robert Stanton Therrell, of Woodville, Miss. He later 
resided at Nashville, Tenn., where his daughters were edu- 
cated at Mrs. Buford's school. She d. (?) 



740. Edna Ella Therrel (730). 

741. Hazel Catching Therrel (730). 

742. Stanton Catching Therrel (730), b. Oct. 24, 1880, m 
Dymple Neely Burton, grand-daughter of Chas. Burton, of 
Nashville. He was Capt. of Infantry in European War. 

"Major Catchings Therrel, a well known young Atlantan, 
and popular officer of "All American" division, has re- 
ceived a citation from General Pershing for exceptionally 
meritorious and conspicuous service. This citation was 
received Tuesday by his father, R. S. Therrel of 612 Cham- 


ber of Commerce Building. Major Therrel is at present 
attending Oxford University, having been awarded a schol- 
arship to that institution in April. He entered the first 
officers' camp at Fort McPherson, being graduated as cap- 
tain, and was assigned to the staff of General Lindsey, 
then a colonel, when the Eighty-Second division was or- 
dered to France. He received the gold leaf of a major 
]ast March. General Lindsey had given high praise to 
Major Therrel in a recent letter to his father, saying, "His 
office took him over the battle lines at all times, where his 
work, more than any other one thing, was responsible for 
the success of our brigade." 

The citation from General Pershing reads as follows: 
"This citation is for exceptionally meritorious and con- 
spicous services on the part of Major Catchings Therrel, 
assistant quartemnaster of the Eighty-Second division, in 
testimony thereof, and as an expression of appreciation of 
his services, I aw^ard him this citation. 

"Jack J. Pershing, 
"April 19, 1919." 

Catchings Therrel graduated with the 1st honor in his 
class. He is a lawyer by profession. 

743. Edel Catching Therrel (780), b. Oct. 8, 1888, m. hv 
ving Rickerson Boody, June 3, 1916, St. Mary's Church, 
West Brighton, Staten Island, N. Y. 

744. Robert Catching Therrel (730), b. Nov. 25, 1890, is 
to be a lawyer after graduating from Harvard. 

745. Fermine Catching Therrel (730), deceased. 

746. Gladys Catching Therrel (730), b. Sept. 12, 1896. 


WALKER «... f.^>< 

747. Helen Smith (515), m. Dr. T.'J. Davidson, Bir- 
mingham, Ala. They have a son. Dr. James Davidson 
(747), Birmingham, Ala. 

748. Mary Smith (515), m. Dr. Sam Arrington, Belmont, 
Ala. She was named after her aunt, Mary Holliday Walker. 
Their daughter, Alice Arrington, a very pretty woman, m. 
Mr. Gordon, of Abilene, Texas. They have tv/o daughters. 

Tw^o Arrington children, deceased. 

749. Josephine Smith (575), while reading a book be- 
fore the fire, fell asleep and her dress catching fire she 
died in great agony from the burns after a day or two, at 
the age of 19. 

From Edwin F. Moody, attornev-at-law, Meridian, Miss., 
Jan. 17, 1898." 


750. Mary Ella Norman (221), b. July 23, 1862, Copiah 

Co., Miss., m. Geo. Wm. Hamilton. 


751. William Wirt Norman (221), b. June 19, 1864, m. 
Daisy Meek. 

752. Annie Louise Nomian (221), b. March 20, 1866, d. 
J1892, Hazlehurst, Miss. 

753. Caroline Blair Norman (221), b. Dec. 1, 1867, is in 
Pension Bureau, Washington, D. C. (1892.) 

754. Emma Josephine Norman (221), b. Dec. 3, 1869, m. 
Luther Vivien Settoon, 

755. Lucy RosaHnd Norman (221), b. Oct. 4, 1870, d. Feb. 
S 1872 

'756. Kate Cornelia Norman (221), b. Sept. 27, 1873. 

757. Lula Montgomery Norman (221), b. March 30, 1876; 
m. Wm. M. C. Dodge, Georgetown, D. C. They live at Hay- 
market, Va. 

758. Dr. Philip King Norman (221), b. July 4, 1880, 
practices in Memphis, Tenn. 


759. James Norman Hamilton (750), b. 1893, book- 
keeper, Hazlehurst, Miss. 

760. Anne Louise Hamilton (750), is the second oldest. 
George Peabody College, Nashville, gave a scholarship to 
Anne Louise Hamilton which entitled her to full course at 
Peabody. Certificates on graduation "sine qua non" of 
her ability and capacity to teach anywhere in the U. S. or 
dependencies thereof. She is beautiful and a fine musician. 

761. George William Hamilton (750), b. 1896, student 
University of Miss. 


762. Daisy Meek Norman (751). 

763. Bessie Meek Norman (751). 

764. Annie Meek Norman (751). 

765. James Meek Norman (751). 

766. Caroline Catching Norman (751). 



767. Luther Lionel Settoon (754). 

768. Julius Settoon (754). 

769. Robert Broussard Settoon (754). 


770. James Dodge (757). 

771. Wm. Henry Dodge (757). 

772. Isadora Elizabeth Dodge (757). 

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773. Philip Brown Norman (758). 

774. Paul Montgomery Norman (758). 

273. Robt. J. Catching (265), b. Copiah Co., Miss., March 
26, 1832, d. Aug., 1909. He m. Dec. 15, 1853, Miss May 
F. Wood, first wife. Mobile, Ala,, while he was a merchant 
at Citronelle, a suburb of Mobile. She d. Feb. 23, 1866. He 
afterwards lived at Chatanooga, Tenn., and Louisville, Ky. 
His second wife. Miss Lizzie Eaton. No children. 

Their son. Merry Wood Catching, son of first wife, m. 
Miss Ella Nixon. Their daughter, Louisa, taught school 
in Colorado. 

274. Josephine C. Catching (265), born in Copiah Co., 
Miss., Sept. 27, 1853, d. Dec, 1899, suddenly ; it is supposed 
caused by the news of her brother Benjamin's death. She 
m. Dr. Christopher Rankin Smith, of Crystal Springs, June 
30, 1855; a brother of Mrs. S. S. Catching and Mrs. Noel 

275. Joseph H. Catching (265), b. Copiah Co., Miss., Mar, 
6, 1834, d. Sept. 11, 1891. He m. his cousin, Louisa San- 
ders. His wife was very pretty and a noted housekeeper. 
He was a successful cotton planter and elegant gentleman, 
widely read, intelligent and courteous. She d. Mar. 1, 1910. 
His first wife was Maria Burton. No children either mar- 

276. Nannie Louise Catching (265), b. April 1, 1845, d. 
Dec. 17, 1909, m. John Johnson, her cousin. There were 
five children: 

1. John Johnson, m. Mary Henderson (deceased) — 1 
daughter, Loraine, who m. Mr. Brown. 

2, Lou (deceased), m. Fountain Hutchison — 4 children: 

1. Nannie, m. Cecil Smith — 1 child, Cecil Smith, Jr. 
Later, Nannie m. Louis Julienne, 

2. Ada, m. J. B. Yates — 2 children. Fountain and J. B. 
Yates, Jr. 

3. Mildred, m. James Rucker Cox, Oct., 1920, an electri- 
cian of Crystal Springs, Miss., Rev. F. M, Brasier, officiating. 

4. Elizabeth. 

3. Catching B. Johnson, b. June 9, 1873, m. July 1, 1897, 
Leilah Blair Catching, daughter of Dr. J. B. Catching and 
Martha Bridges. 

4. Mary, b. Nov. 7, 1875, d. Nov. 2, 1915, m. Joseph T. 
Wolfe, of Crystal Springs, Miss. 

One child, Adelaide, who m. Lewis Manship on Dec. 29, 
1919, of Baton Rouge, La,, m, in Jackson, Miss,, at the 
home of her uncle, Hon, Oscar Newton. 

5. Loraine, b. April, 1877, m. Oscar Newton — 3 chilldren: 
1. Oscar Newton, Jr. Served as Ensign in Naval Avia- 
tion during World War. 


2. Louise. 

3. Jere. 

The father of Oscar Newton was a Presbyterian minis- 
ter, and for many years was principal of a girl's school in 
'Crystal Spring,s Miss, Oscar Newton is president of a 
bank in Jackson, Miss. (1921). 

. Nannie Catching Johnson, of Crystal Springs, Miss., 
after death of John Johnson, m. Charles Head. There were 
three children, two of whom are deceased. The living child 
is Charles Head, Jr., b. August 21, 1880. 

Charles Head, Jr., m. Miss Orleans Simpson on Sept. 23, 
1909. 4 children: 

1. Charles Alva, b. Sept. 22, 1910. 

2. Samuel Potts, b. Dec. 27, 1912. 

3. WilHe Bennie, b. May 10, 1915 (deceased). 

4. Rebecca Louise, b. Aug. 25, 1917. 

277. Wilham Seymour Catching (265), b. Sept. 15, 1843, 
d. 1862. He was killed at Sharpsburg, Va., in battle, while 
In the Confederate service in 1862. Was b. and reared in 
Copiah Co., Miss. 

278. Benjamin Holliday Catching (265), b. in Copiah 
Co., Miss., June 28, 1848, d. Nov. 23, 1899. His funeral 
was from St. Johns M. E. Church. He was a member of 
Trinity M. E. Church, Atlanta. He was Steward, Treas- 
urer and Asst. Supt. of S. S. ; resigned from Trinity and 
worked for St. John's Mission on Georgia Ave., was also 
Supt. He settled in Atlanta with his family in 1880. He 
was a successful dentist and was graduated from the Den- 
tal College in Baltimore, Md., with the first honor. He 
was the author of "Catchings' Compendium of Practical 
Dentistry," and wrote or compiled a book entitled "How 
Vve Managed During the Civil War." He was a zealous 
member of the Methodist Church and held family prayers 
before breakfast. On June 15, 1870, he m. his cousin, Miss 
Mattie Sanders, a very intelligent lady, a devoted Christian 
wife and mother. She was a native of Madison Co., Miss., 
and died Oct. 8, 1914, in Atlanta. He d. suddenly of apo- 
plexy while preparing to go to his office. He was so pious 
and exemplary he should have been a minister. 

278-a. Harriet E. Catching (265), a native of Copiah Co., 
Miss., was known as a consecrated Christian, thoroughly 
good. She was well educated, m. Nov. 27, 1850, Thos. L. 
Holliday, her cousin. He was b. April 29, 1822, Wikes Co., 
Ga. They moved from Copiah to Madison Co., Miss., 1853, 
where they resided four mJles east of Canton on the Sharon 
road. In their garden is the family cemetery. He d. June 
21, 1892; buried at home. 




279. Mary Holliday (278-a), b. Dec. 4, 1851, d. Dec. 28, 
1883. She m. Rev. T. B. Holloman, a distinguished Meth- 
odist Divine, Feb 5, 1874. She was educated at Sharon 
Female College. She was buried in Yazoo Co., Miss. 

280. Benjamin Holliday (278-a). He was accidentally 
shot and killed by a playmate while hunting. Buried in 
the family cemetery at Long Moss, Miss. 

281. .Josephine Holliday (278-a), d. in Yazoo City, Miss., 
Feb. 18, 1875, while attending school there. 

282. Harriet Thomas Holliday (278-a), m. Dr. Eugene 
Smith. She was educated at E. M. F. College, Meridian^ 
Miss. They live near Corinth, Miss. 

283. Thomas Catching Holliday (278-a), b. Oct. 13, 1868, 
m. Miss Sarah Stinson, daughter of W. B. Stinson, Canton, 
Miss., Nov. 14, 1900. Their daughter, Catherine, was b. 
Feb., 1903. 


284. Thomas Bascomb Holloman, Jr. (279), graduated 
from Emory and Henry College, Va., and in medicine from. 
Memphis, Tenn., College of Medicine. Practices in Ittabena, 
Miss. He is a refined, well-educated young man ; m. Mary, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Hamilton, Mar. 1, 1900, 
at their home in Abingdon, Va., in the Methodist Church. 
Their daughter, Harriet, b. April 26, 1902. 

285. John Holliday Holloman (279), b. Sept. 19, 1876, 
educated at Milsaps College, m. Mona Lou, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Joseph L. Haley, of Ittabena, Miss. Their chil- 
dren are John H. Hollman, Jr., b. Nov. 1905, and Jessie L. 
Holloman, b. Jan., 1907. 

286. Frank Holloman, M. D. (279), b. Mar. 17, 1878, edu- 
cated at Milsaps Colege, m. Miss Bettie Wright, Lexington, 
Miss., Mar. 28, 1904. One child, Mary Elizabeth Holloman. 
Dr. Frank Holloman practices at Ittabena, Miss., with his 
brother. Dr. T. B, Holloman. 

Dr. Frank Holloman, after the death of his wife, Bettie 
Wright, m. 2nd, Miss Sarah Bradley of Abingdon, Va., about 
1917, a cousin of Mary Hamilton, wife of his brother, T. B. 

287. Leonidas Holloman (279), b. Jan. 21, 1880, gradu- 
ated from Milsaps College, 1901, m. Miss Sue White, of 
Jackson, Miss., June 22, 1904. Their children are Thomas 
White Holloman, b. Nov. 29, 1905, and Leonidas C. Hollo- 
man, Jr., b. 1907. 

288. Mary Letitia Holloman (279), b. Mar. 12, 1882, in 
Yazoo City, graduated from Milsaps C^ollege with degree of 
M. A., June, 1903, m. Frank H. Scott, July 21, 1908. 


289. Estelle Josephine Holloman (279), b. Dec. 26, 1883. 

290. Hattie Rebecca Holloman (279), twin sister of Es.- 
teJIe, b. Dec. 26, 1883, d. April 13, 1901. 

291. Stella M. Holloman (279). 


292. Montgomery Smith (282), b. Oct. 20, 1882, Nat- 
chez, Miss. Eugene Montgomery Smith, Jr. and Lillian 
Cameron Dinkins were m. Nov., 1911, at the residence of 
her parents. Canton, Miss. One child, Claud Dinkins 
Smith, b. Apr. 26, 1913. 

293. Leland Smith (282), b. Oct. 4, 1884, Glen Allen, 

"Leland B. Smith drowned at Tallullah Falls, Ga., July 
28, 1912, interred in the family cemetery at Long Moss,, 
near Canton, Miss., Aug. 2." "Leland B. Smith, once chief 
engineer of the Yazco Light & Power Co., Yazoo City, Miss., 
and late with the Georgia Power Co., Atlanta, Ga., recently 
lost his life by drowning. Mr. Smith was about 25 years of 
age, and his rapid advancement in the Engineering field 
gave promise of his becoming one of the ablest of the young 
engineers of the South. He was instrumental in organiz- 
ing Col. Goethals Branch No. 1 I. C. E. and was its first 
secretary." Copied from "Power," of August 13, 1912, a 
leading electrical magazine. 

294. Josephine Hollidav Smith (282), b. Mar. 23, 1887. 

295. Ada Catching Smith (282), b. Aug. 13. 1889, m. Dr. 
Wm. Bole Smith, a dentist of Canton, Miss., Nov. 13, 1913. 
Their son, Wm. Bole Smith, Jr., b. June 12, 1914. 

296. James Arthur Smith (282), b. Oct. 26, 1896, d. Aug. 
28. 1905. 

297. Thomas Holliday Smith (282), b. Sept. 2. 1901, 
graduated from the High School Canton, Miss., May 21, 

298. Harriet Eugene Smith (282), b. Nov. 30, 1904, 
youngest child. 



299. Laura Louise (274), daughter of Dr. Rankin Smith 
and wife, b. Sept. 7, 1876, m. Reuben A. Chambers, Nov. 
21, 1899. Children: James Christopher, and Noble Moora 

300. Frances Smith (274), b. March 6, 1857, m. on Sept, 
25, 1889, James Luther Enochs, Jackson, Miss. She d. Oct. 
8. 1881. 

301. Christopher Edwin Smith (274), b. May 3, 1860, m. 
Miss Tenia Corey, of Crystal Springs. Their children are 
Adel, Edwin and Sarah Smith. 


302. Mary Lena Smith (274), b. Dec. 12, 1866, m. A. 
Pincknev Smith, March 23, 1886. 

303. Margaret Smith (274), b. July 24, 1868, d. Aug. 11, 

304. Josephine Catching Smith (274), b. June 13, 1870, 
m. May 23, 1894, Noble Moore, residing in Washington, D. 
C. He had a position in a U. S. Department, but studied 
law. Children: Dorris, b. Nov. 8, 1896, Robert Catching, 
b. Aug. 29, 1898, and Margaret Moore, b. May 12, 1900. 

305. Harriet Letitia Smith (274), b. Feb. 11, 1864. She 
is a noble, unselfish Christian woman and a very polished, 
accomplished girl. She had a position for many years in 
the pension department, Washington, D, C She m. in 
Washington at the home of her sister, Mrs. Noble Moore, 
James Luther Enochs, of Jackson, Miss., March 27, 1900. 
His first wife was her sister, Frances. He is a wealthy 
lumber dealer. They have one child, James Luther Enochs, 
Jr., b. Nov. 13, 1906. J. L. Enochs is a brother of L C. 
Enochs, who m. Maggie Catching. The latter is a cousin 
of Frances and Harriet Letitia Smith. L C. and J. L. 
Enochs became very wealthy, in not only the lumber, but 
various other enterprises, especially L C. Enochs. 


306. Mervin Smith Enochs (300), b. Dec. 22, 1877, m. 
Edith Hill, April 12, 1906. 

307. Jessie Frances Enochs (300), b. Aug. 28, 1879. 


308. Frederick Payne Catchings (278), m. Miss Susan 
Martin, Perry, Ga., June 25, 1902. Their first child died 
in infancy. At his death he left two children: Katherine 
was in the High School, and in 1920 Jack was an enthusi- 
astic scout. 

' "F. P. Catching d. Saturday night off Atlantic Beach, 
Jacksonville, Fla., when a boat in which he and a party of 
friends capsized, Sept. 20, 1913. He was 39 years of age, 
and one of the best known electrical engineers in the South ; 
was educated at Emory and Henry Colle^^e, Va., and Vander- 
bilt, Nashville, Tenn. He was a member of the Sigma Nu 
fraternity and was recently admitted to full membership 
in the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, an honor 
much coveted in his profession. Several years he was chief 
electrical engineer of Ga. Railway and Electric Co. At the 
time ofhis death he was superinendent and chief electrical 
engineer of the Alabama Power Co., with headquarters in 
Birmingham, Ala., having gone there from Atlanta a year 
ago. He is interred in W. View cemetery, funeral conducted 
'by Rev. Dr. Jno. E. White of the 2nd Baptist Church." 

"He was a natural electrician and mineralogist. In 1912 
F. P. Catchings was supervising electrical engineer for a 


$27,000,000 company which includes almost all of the water 
power in Ga. and the electrical railways of Atlanta; was 
afterwards in Birmingham as electrical engineer." 

309. Louise Catchings (278), m. John Swift Brogdon, At- 
lanta, 1917, June 16th, at St. Marks Church at high noon. 
She graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 
stood first in her classes and is very pious. She taught 
in Atlanta; traveled several months in Europe with her 
sister, Nannie, and others. She taught only higher mathe- 
matics. He is well educated and is a managing chemist. 

310. Nannie Catching (278), graduated from the Wom- 
an's College at Baltimore and v;on the fellowship medal 
which entitled her to two years abroad. She studied Latin 
one year in Rome; music about nine months in Paris, and 
traveled the balance of the time with her sister and others. 
After returning she attended the University of Chicago. 
She married Capt. Thomas Harper Shields, of Miss., Oct. 
10, 1914. 

311. Gladys Catching (278), is a bright, beautiful, inter- 
esting girl ; graduated at college, Atlanta, 1909 ; m. Freder- 
ick Augustus Watt, Oct. 10, 1914, Atlanta, Ga. He is of a 
lovely family in Columbus, Ga. She and her sister, Nannie, 
m. at the same time; a double wedding. Mr. Watt is in a 
bank in Atlanta. 


312. Thomas Alfred Catchings (266), b. in Holmesville, 
Pike Co., Miss., May 7, 1836. 

T. A. Catchings, M. D., attended St. Andrew's Episcopal 
School for boys, Jackson, Miss., which was under the super- 
vision of Rt. Rev. W. M. Green. He graduated in medicine 
in Philadelphia ; practices in Jackson, his home, was always 
deeply pious, moral, amiable and charitable. He was a 
surgeon in the Civil War in a Miss, regiment. Before that 
time he lived on his plantation near Jackson. He married 
his cousin, Virginia Margaret Catchings, June 24, 1857, at 
the residence of her sister, Mrs. Dr. Wm. Dulaney, in Madi- 
son County, seven miles from Jackson. An immense crowd 
of the elite from all sections were entertained, the table 
being laden with every delicacy, and attended by a multi- 
tude of servants. The costumes of the bridal party were 
superb. General Clark, of Jackson, a Campbellite minister, 
performed the ceremony — a very wealthy man and a family 
connection. The morning after the wedding, a beautiful 
phaeton and two fine horses were sent to Dr. Catchings' 
bride, as a present from her father, Mr. Augustus Catch- 

Among the distinguished guests were Mrs. Prewitt, edi- 
tress of a paper in Yazoo City. She wore a gold embroid- 
ered gown, and wrote an elegant account of the wedding 


and entertainment. Among the attendants were Misses 
Mattie Gordon, Anna Banks, Georgia Dulaney. The lat- 
ter stood with Warren Catching, cousin of the groom. 
Capt. Joe Porter, Mr. Ed. Virden and Judge James Clark 
were the other attendants. The latter was a son of Gen. 
Clark, the minister who officiated. 

Dr. T. A. Catchings first studied medicine under the care 
of his uncle. Dr. T. J. Catchings and afterwards attended 
the Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa., 1856-1857. He went 
into the Confederate Army as assistant surgeon in the 39th 
Miss. Regt. and in Capt. Tup Ross' Co. in 1862. Lives on 
his plantation near Jackson 1921. 

313. Mary Asenith Catchings (266), b. in Holmesville, 
Miss., Feb. 5, 1841. She was educated in the private school 
of her uncle, Dr. T. J. Catchings, Hinds Co., Miss., and two 
years at Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Female Academy, 
Dr. C. D. Elliott, principal. She graduated 1860, was popu- 
lar at school and in society. Is a magnificent performer on 
the piano, and has many warm friends. Upon her gradu- 
ation day, she played "Home, Sweet Home" with variations 
of fourteen pages, by Talberg. Her teacher, Madam Parrel, 
stood by and no mistakes were made. Her uncle, Dr. T. J. 
Catchings, after ceremonies w^ere over, presented her with 
an elegant set of pearls. She and a daughter were both 
married, wearing this exquisite set. At the marriage her 
father-in-law. Dr. Hemingway, gave her a handsome dia- 
mond ring and a blue enameled watch and chain, set with 
diamonds. She was a great toast with the family of Gov. 
Wm. McWillie, when they all resided at Kirkwood, Madison 
Co., Miss. She was the eldest pupil in Fleetwood Academy, 
and stood uniformly well in all branches. Her specialty was 
music, executing perfectly the most difficult variations,. 
She has kept up her music throughout life. On May 13, 
1861, she married David Myers Hemingway, half-brother of 
Mrs. Dr. T. J. Catchings. They made an extensive trip 
over the north. He was a son of Dr. Wm. Hemingway of 
Kirkwood, Miss., and a native of South Carolina. David 
Myers Hemingway was a rich young cotton planter and a 
very handsome man with musical talents. He fought 
throughout the Confederate War bravely and unflinchingly 
in the Eighteenth Miss. Regt., Col. Burt. He d. at his 
home in Newport, Attala Co., Miss., about 1887. They had 
several children. Were m, in Hinds Co., at Fleetwood, the 
home of her uncle, Dr. T. J. Catchings. ,,.. 

"D. M. Hemingway was standing, during the first Manas- 
sas battle, by the side of his friend, Capt. Adam McWillie, 
when he fell from being struck by a minnie ball. He took 
Capt. Anderson from the battlefield, and laid him under- 
neath the shade of a tree; also Eddie Anderson. Capt. 
Anderson was a grandson of Gov. McWillie. 

M. A. C. H. Jan. 20, 1921." 


"During the first three years of the war he fought with 
the Confederacy in most all of the big battles, both of the 
battles of Manassas, Leesburg, Culpepper Court House, in 
the Shenandoah Valley and others, was wounded two dif- 
ferent times. For a short period he waa aid to Gen. Long- 
street. The last year of the war he was transferred to 
the Southern Division and after hostilities ceased, he re- 
turned home, with all the honors of a brave soldier. He 
was quiet, reserved and dignified and did not know what 
fear was; died at his home in Newport, Miss., at the age 
of 48 years; lies interred in the cemetery of church izi 
the neighborhood. 

Mrs. M. C. Hemingway, Newport, Miss., Oct. 24, 1919." 

314. Sarah Margaret Catchings (266), b. in Holmesville, 
March 20, 1843, died Oct. 5, 1897, buried at Edwards, Miss., 
m. Charles Glynn Redfield. 

Sarah M. Catchings, handsome, amiab-te, gentle — a favor- 
ite with all classes, was a gentle, Christoian wife, mother 
and neighbor. In childhood she was educated at the pri- 
vate school of her uncle. Dr. T. J. Catchings, in Hinds Co., 
Miss., and graduated from the Nashville Female Academy, 
June, 1860. Was a close student in books and music. She 
was much admired in society. On December 20, 1861, she 
married Charles G. Redfield, a large merchant in Jackson, 
Miss. A magnificent supper was given, and a large gath- 
ering of friends and relatives was entertained. Many fine 
servants waited on the guests. Rev. Mr. Ford, a Methodist 
minister, performed the ceremony. The attendants were 
Mary Clendinen Catchings and Daniel Pepper, Maria Henri- 
etta Jones and Mr. Doty. Mr. Redfield w^as a refined, per- 
fect gentleman. At the time of his death he merchandised 
in Edward, Miss., and planted in the neighborhood. She 
died in 1897, of yellow fever, in Edward, and was buried 
there. She was a lovely Christian, true and pure, was ac- 
complished and played beautifully on the piano, and sang 
well, had a fine alto voice. 

315. "Silas Mercer Catchings, Jr. (266), was b. near 
Holmiesville, Pike Co., Miss., Nov. 13, 1845, d. June 30, 
1864. After two years service he died near Marietta Ga. 
He was a young man of fine, noble character, beloved and 
respected by all. We pray to meet our brother. From his 
sister, Mary Catchings Hemingway, Oct. 24, 1919." H» 
died of erysipelas in the Confederate Hospital, Newnan, Ga., 
and is buried there in the Confederate CTemetery. His 
brother. Dr. T. A. Catchings, who had been in attendance 
upon the sick, arrived just as the last sad rites were per- 
formed. He was a tall fine looking boy. At the age of 
fifteen he enlisted in Company I Thirty-ninth Miss. Regt., at 
the beginning of hostilities. He was educated in the pri- 
vate school of his uncle. Dr. T. J. Catchings, Hinds Co., and 

&i Georgetown College, D. C. He was wounded in a battle 
near Baton Rouge, La., in Col. W. B. Shelby's Regt., Mis- 
sissippi. After leaving Georgetown College, on liis return 
home, Silas Catchings attended the inaugural of president 
A. Lincoln in Washington, D. C, accompanied b yhis friend 
(now) Judge Anderson of Kosciusko, Miss., who had been 
a student at the University of Va., and was also on his 
way home. 

316. Martha Louisa Catchings (266), b. in Holmesville, 
Miss., Dec. 25, 1847, d. Aug. 14, 1911. She was an intelli^ 
gent, ambitious girl at school; m. Wm. Dixon, a wealthy 
young man of Hinds Co., Miss. They died in their home 
and were buried in Brookhaven, Miss. Mr. and Mrs. Wil- 
liam Dixon moved from Hinds Co. to Brookhaven, 1887. 
He d. June 27, 1899. He was wounded in the battle of 
"Seven Pines, Va." They were m. at the home of her 
brother, Dr. T. A. Catchings, in Hinds Co., by Rev. Thos. 
Ford, Methodist. They and all their children were mem- 
bers of that church. 

317. Emma Sophia Catchings (266), b. in Holmesville, 
Miss., Feb. 27, 1850, d. Nov., 1877. She was a very beauti- 
ful blonde, married at the home of her brother, Dr. T. A. 
Catchings, 1865, James E. Lewis, a rich young cotton 
planter of Byram, Miss. Both d. young. When a child 
Emma S. Catchings attended the private school in Hinds 
Co., of their uncle. Dr. T. J. Catchings. She was after- 
wards sent to school by her brother, Dr T. A. Catchings. 

At the death of their parents, the children of Emma S. 
Catchings and Jas. E. Lewis, inherited much property. 
Their guardian and uncle, Dr. T. A. Catchings, took the 
children and gave them every advantage educationally. 
The parents of Jas. E. Lewis were wealthy and devoted 
to Emma. Their bridal presents to her were a piano, watch 
and chain, and a three hundred dollar diamond ring, etc., etc. 

318. Joseph Marshall Catchings (266), b. Holmesville, 
Aug. 10, 1838, d. Sept. 20, 1842, buried in Holmesville. 

319. Clinton Drake Catchings (266), b. Holmesville, April 
18, 1834, d. Jan. 17, 1842, buried in Holmesville. 

320. Annie Augusta Catchings (312), d. in infancy in 

320-a. Silas Mercer Catchings (312), graduated in medi- 
cine in Philadelphia, was a successful practitioner, died 
1909 ; a thoroughly good man and dutiful son. 

321. Charles Redfield Catchings (312), m. Miss Mangum. 

322. Annie Catchings (312). 


326. Nannie Catchings Hemmingway (313), b. in Kirk- 
wood, Miss., a handsome brunette and fine performer on 


the piano. Attended the Female College, Oxford, Miss. 
Married Mr. Savage, Little Rock, Ark. He was a mer- 
chant and a planter. Two sons, Harry and Prentiss Sav- 
age. Their sister, Louisa Savage, married in 1915, P. A, 
Stanley, of Tillar, Ark., Rev. Flournoy Sheppherdson, Pres- 
byterian, officiating. 

Mrs. N. C. Savage is very accomplished in music. When 
at school in Oxford, Miss., a gold medal was awarded her. 
She is also an author of prose and poetry ; is a member 
since 1919 of the "State Authors and Composer Society," 
Little Rock, Ark., and contributes from month to month 
to "The Arkansas Writer." At the State conference in 
Pine Bluff, Ark., Feb., 1920, of the Daughters of the Ameri- 
can Revolution, she was honored by being asked to read an 
original poem ; the only one in the State so honored. She is 
a member of the Sorosis Club of Monticello, Ark. 

Her mother is also a beautiful prose composer, and has 
had her stories published. 

"Harry P. Savage is with a large cotton company in New 
York (1921) and is one of the leading employees, grading 
cotton for New York and Liverpool. He is also a very flu- 
ent writer, which seems to be natural, as is the rapidity 
with which he composes. 

Prentiss H. Savage and Harry P. Savage valiantly served 
their country in France, 1918, as officers in engineering 
corps. They received honorable discharge at Camp Pike, 
Arkansas, during summer of 1919. "My sons did not train 
for officers but was each so efficient thatthey were made of- 
ficers at Camp Pike (near Little Rock). They went as 
such from there, continued throughout service." N. C, H. 

327. Mary Catchings Hemingway (313), b. Aug. 17, 1874, 
in her father's home "The Cedars," was baptized when 
quite young, in the parlor of her parents, by Rev. Willard 
Presbury, of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kirkwood, Miss.^ 
"She was a beautiful blonde, married Mr. D. M. Albin, Nov. 
10, 1898, a merchant and planter. Rev. T. A. Buck per- 
formed the ceremony. Miss Flora Anderson, of Kirkwood, 
Miss., rendered the wedding march. The attendants were 
Tom Anderson, Miss Lela Meek, Bob Waugh and Miss Boyd. 
The marriage was witnessed by a large number of friends 
at the Cedars, the home of the bride's mother, in Newport, 
Miss. An elegant dinner that defied description w^as en- 
joyed by all. From the Star Ledger, Kosciusko." 

Mary Waugh Albins, b. Dec. 22, 1899, at Newport, Miss., 
d. July 2, 1900, at Newport, Miss. Sweet baby gone to rest. 
Robert Hemmingway Albins, b. Nov. 19, 1903, in Mem- 
phis, Tenn., christened in the First Methodist church in 
the spring of 1904, by Rev, William E. Thompson. 


Evelyn Belle Albins, b. March 27, 1907, Memphis, Tenn., 
christened in the First Methodist Church, winter of 1907, 
by Rev. Dr. Powells. 

Louise Savage Albin, b. in Memphis, after seven years 
of age she died, Jan., 1919, in Memphis, Tenn., of pneu- 
monia, following influenza. Sweet little darling gone to 

328. Kate McWillie Hemingway (313), b. Sept. 27, 1877, 
Newport, Miss., a lovely brunette, was named aftfcr her god- 
mother, Mrs. Gov. Wm. McWillie, Kirkwood, Miss. She 
performs well on the piano, m. in Newport, Miss., Mr. J. 
Harvey Landrum, March 24, 1896, Rev. R. A. Breeland 
officiating. He was a cotton planter, Attala County, Miss., 
moved to Kosciusko, Miss. Mrs. Kate McWillie H. Lan- 
drum is very beautiful, with a superb figure, black eyes 
and hair, verj^ much resembles the mother of her father and 
is always lovable and true. 

Children — 

Harvey Catchings Landrum, b. March 29, 1897, at New- 
port, in the home of his grandmother, Mrs. M. C. Heming- 
way. Harvey C. Landrum, at the age of 21 years, enlisted 
in the Marine Corps, July 13th, 1918, at Paris Island, 
South Carolina. Leaving then by way of New York, he 
arrived at Brest, France, Nov. 3rd, and then joined the 2nd 
Division, 17th Company, Fifth Marine. He went through 
Orleans, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, and marched across 
the Rhine, being stationed near Coblenz, Germany. He 
v/as transferred on March 1, 1919, to St. Nazaire, France, 
then back to the United States, arriving at Norfolk, Va., 
March 20, 1919; is in Colorado (1920) recuperating health 
in the U. S. Hospital ( Fort Lyon. He is very handsome 
with a fine figure and is dignified. 

Ruth Mills Landrum was born Feb. 3d, at Newport, Miss., 
Tit Mrs. M. C. Hemingway's. 

Percy Menville Landrum was b. Dec. 10, 1901, at Newport, 
Miss., in the home of his grandmother, Mrs. M. C. Heming- 

Jane Walden Landrum, b. May 31, 1905, at Newport, in 
the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Landrum. 

Mary Niles Landrum was b. Oct. 17, 1908, at Kosciu- 
sko, Miss., in the home of her parents. 

Leland Bernard Landrum, b. at Kosciusko, Aug. 8, 1910, 
m the home of her parents. 

All bright, fine children, being well educated in the high 
school at Kosciusko. 

329. Thos. Catchings Hemmingwy (313), m. a young lady 
from Kentucky. They live on his plantation near Durant, 
Miss. She is an accomplished girl; \yas Luzetta C. Alex- 


330. David Myers Hemmingwaj^ Jr. (318), is very hand- 
some, with black eyes. Both are moral men. 

331. Wm. Hemmingway (313), the oldest child, a very 
beautiful baby with black eyes, died during the Civil War 
while his father was in the army. Mrs. Hemmingway was 
on a visit at the time to her sister in Jackson, Mrs. Red- 
field. Dr. Farrar was his physician. He was buried in 
Jackson, Miss. 



332. Mary Glynn Redfield (314), b. 1862, d. Oct. 15, 1897, 
of yellow fever, in Edward, Miss. She graduated from Mar- 
tha Washington female seminary at Abingdon, Va., w^as vi- 
vacious and attractive, m. Thomas Askew, a merchant in 
Edward and a planter on Big Black River — an excellent 
man. Their only child was Sydney Knox Askew. 

333. Chas. Redfield (314). 

334. Nora Redfield (314), m. Dr. Ratcliffe, Edward, Miss. 

335. Wm. G. Redfield (314), m. a daughter of Mrs. L. T. 
Martin, Edwards, Miss. 

336. Sallie Redfield (314). 

337. Annie Odeneal Redfield (314). 

Annie Odeneal Redfield was at school in Virginia w-hen 
her mother and two sisters died of yellow fever. She w'as 
a lovely little girl, with large brown eyes, and with curls 
around her shoulders. She married Mr. Frank Artz, a suc- 
cessful merchant in Vicksburg, Miss. 

338. John Redfield (314), m. a sister of Dr. RatcUffe, 
Edwards, Miss. 

John Redfield is president of a bank at Edward, Miss., 
a splendid gentleman. 

339. Lillian Redfield (314), age 11, d. Oct. 4, 1897, of 
yellow fever, at Edward, Miss. — fhe youngest. 


340. Emma Virginia Dixon (316), m. Gus Ratliffe, May 
4, 1892, Jackson, Miss. They have two sons, Sammie and 

341. Mary Sue Dixon (316), m. Chas. Hollenbeck, May, 
1896, Fresno, Cal. 

342. Annie Kate Dixon (316), m. Joseph Henck, Nov. 
27, 1899, Brookhaven, Miss. They have three daughters. 
Marguerite L., Daisy M., and Mernelle. 

343. Daisy Alm^a Dixon (316), m. James Fountain, Nov. 
19, 1900, McCombs City, Miss. 

344. Silas Albert Dixon (316), b. 1887, lives in Jackson, 

345. Zack Dickson (316). 

346. Branch T. Dixon (316), m. Sept. 30, 1900, Ada Dunn, 


both of Lincoln Co., Miss. Live in Brookhaven. They 
have one child, a daughter. 


James E. Lewis, father of Dr. James Leon Levi^is, b. 
1840, d. 1878. He was descended from Wm. Lewis of S. C, 
and from Wm. Norton of Mass. The latter removed from 
Mass. to Va. prior to the revolutionary \rar. 

347. Emma Sarah Lewis (317), m. Dudley Jones, son of 
Dr. Jones, of Terry, Miss. She was very beautiful, and 
was always known as "Minnie." Her daughter Minnie mar- 
ried Mr. Wilkinson in the summer of 1911. Her daughter 
Maude Lewis graduated from All Saints College, Vicksburg, 
June, 1911, and was very beautiful. 

348. James Leon Lewis (317), b. in Byrom, Hinds Co., 
Miss., Nov. 28, 1875, graduated in medicine from Tulane 
University in 1898. On May 12, he m. Emily Massie, 
daughter of James Harrison Burton, New Orleans, in St. 
Paul's church. Resides in New Orleans. They had a 
son, Leon. In 1895 he was a handsome little boy of four 
years. Dr. Lewis is handsome. Dr. J. L. Lewis is profes- 
sor of Physical Diagnosis in the Postgraduate Department 
of Tulane University, New Orleans, La. "My dear, beauti- 
ful boy, Leon, died seven years ago. We have a pretty lit- 
tle girl, Ashton. She is blonde, and looks very much like 
Leon did. Mv mother d. when I was two vears of age. 
J. L. Lewis, Sept. 23, 1920." 



349. Mary Clendinen Catchings (267), born in Hinds 
County, Miss. The day upon which M. C. Catchings w^as 
born, a flock of wild geese flew over on their way to the 
south. Her father shot one and making a pen from its 
quill, he recorded her birth in the family Bible. 

She was educated in the private school in her father's 
famil}^ and was one year at the Nashville Female Acad- 
emy, and graduated June, 1860. It was intended that she 
and her sister should continue their studies in New Orleans, 
at Madame Loquets, and then with her brother and a tutor, 
travel two years in America and Europe, but the Civil War 
caused this to be abandoned. She was baptized and con- 
firmed by Bishop W. M. Green, in 1866. She m. Thomas 
Harding Torrey, attorney-at-law, son of Maj. Geo. Torrey, 
Fayette, Miss. He was born in Jefferson Co. and served 
throughout the Confederate war. He afterwards took a com- 
mercial course in Memphis, Tenn. He practiced the profes- 
sion of law till his death, April 14, 1881. In the winter of 
1879 and 1880 he represented Sunflower county in the 
legislature and was treasurer of the county. He was pa- 
roled with his command after the surrender. 


(Taken in Brandon, Miss.) 

From The Adiutant General's Office 

Washin^on, D. C. Sept. 24, 1920 


Priv. Co. B Hughes Battn. 

Miss Cavy. C. S. A. and 

Co. H 4 Miss Cavy. C. S. A. to 

which transferred by consolidation 

enlisted June 18, 1862 

at Fayette, Miss. 

Co. Muster Roll for 4 mos. 

To June 30, 1864 (last on 

which borne) shows 

him present 

Prisoner of War records 

show him paroled May 

12, 1865 at Gainesville, Ala. 

a corporal" 

P. C. Harris, Adiutant General" 



Attorney at Law 

Johnsonville, Sunflower County, Miss. 

Will practice in the Courts of Sunflower, LeFlore, Wash- 
ington and Bolivar Counties, and attend promptly to the 
payment of Taxes, making Collections, and to buying, sell- 
ing, leasing and redeeming of Lands. 


"Adopted by the Bar of Sunflower County upon the Death 
of Hon. T. H. Torrey. April 14, 1881 

"Whereas, We have, by the sudden and unexpected death 
of our late friend and brother Attorney, T. H. Torrey, been 
most strikingly reminded of the truth of the Divine declara- 
tion that "in the midst of life we are in death." Therefore, 
1. Be it resolved. That in his death the legal profes- 
sion has lost one of its most liberal and hospitable mem- 
bers; society a most useful, upright and generous citizen: 
his family a loving son and brother, and his wife a true, 
devoted, kind and noble husband; 

"2. That while we cannot comprehend the wisdom of the 
Creator in thus withdrawing him so suddenly from our 
midst, in the strength of his manhood and usefulness, yet 
we bow in humble submission to the will of "Him who 
doeth all things well." 

"3. That we deeply sympathize with his bereaved wife, 
in her great and irreparable loss, and while thus tendering 
to her our sympathy, at the same time we most devoutly 
commend her to the protecting care of the widow's 'Friend," 
Who only inflicts chastisement in order to draw us nearer 
unto Him; 


"4. Tliat a copy of these resolutions be sent to the wife 
■of the deceased and that the Jackson Clarion ; Fayette 
Chronicle; Vicksburg Herald and Commercial, and Green- 
ville Times be furnished with copies of these resolutions, 
and that the court be requested to have them spread upon 
the minutes of the Circuit and Chancery Courts of Sun- 
flower County. 

Charles S. McKenzie, 
Thos. R. Baird, 
W. R. Trigg, 
H. S. Quinn, 

Marshall Brown, Secy." 

350. Nannie Clendinen Catchings (267), was b. at Fleet- 
wood, the plantation home of her parents. Hinds Co., Miss. 
She died Sept. 19, 1913, in her home at Baird, Miss.; was 
buried in Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Miss. Interred 
Sept. 20, 10 a. m. 

She was educated in a private school at home, and in 
Sept., 1859, she entered the Nashville Female Academy, Dr. 
C. D. Elliot's school, from which she graduated June, 1860, 
and was the youngest girl in her class of 60 pupils. She 
was baptized in 1868 by Rev. Duncan C. Green, son of 
Bishop Green, at Brandon, and was confirmed later in the 
same town by Bishop W. M. Green ; has always been zeal- 
ous in mission work and possessed a strong character and 
great self respect. On April 26, 1866, she married at the 
home of her parents in Brandon, Miss., John R. Baird, of 
Sunflower County, Miss., son of Dr. and Mrs. J. M. Baird, 
of Asheville, N. C. Rev. Dr. Lewis officiated. John Rupert 
Baird was born in Wahalak, Kemper countj^ Miss., May 6, 
1841, and was educated at the University of Miss., and at 
Bethany College, Va. He left to enlist in the Tom Bigboe 
Rangers, Miss., at the beginning of the Civil war, and was 
afterwards transferred to the sharp-shooters. He was 
wounded at Stone River, Murphreesboro, Tenn., and was in 
prison at Rock Island, Illinois, for 19 months. He was a 
successful planter and merchant, and an influential citizen ; 
was a member of the Constitutional Convention of Miss., in 
1890. He declined to enter politics. Was a man of fine 
moral character and bright mind, and the soul of gener- 

"A most enjoyable social event in the town of Baird 
Tuesday of last week, v/as the birthday dinner given to 
Mrs. N. C. Baird by her daughters-in-law, Mesdames T. 
Catchings Baird and C. Baird. It was quite a sur- 
prise to Mrs.Baird. The spacious and elegant dining room 
was most tastily arranged, the color scheme being red 


at Baird, Mississippi 

ar.d yellow. The menu was served in eleven courses and 
was faultless in every detail. A feat of the occasion was 
winding of the anniversary clock which needs winding only 
once a year, then allowing it to begin on Mrs. Baird's birth- 
day, to mark time. 

"The Pensee hopes that Mrs. B-aird will be permitted to 
enjoy many such anniversaries with her happy family and 

The Pensee, Indianola, Miss., Oct. 14, 1902." 

J. R. Baird died August 27, 1916, interred in the family 
lot in Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Miss., by Rev. W. S. 
Slack, rector, 

Mrs. Baird organized the first Episcopal Sunday School in 
this county and section in 1873; which met in a deserted 
negro log cabin. Afterwards, in 1876, through co-opera- 
tion with her parents and liberal responses to appeals to 
the north and other sources, with bazars, charades and sup- 
pers, she erected a lovely chapel in her town, Johnsonviile, 
then the county site. This was destroyed by a tornado 
three years later, and the county site moved. She then 
succeeded in erecting another chapel at Johnsonviile, which, 
in 1890, she moved on rollers to the new town of Baird, one 
mile away on the Southern Railway. 

The consecration of All Saint's Chapel at Inverness, Miss., 
v.'as during July, 1914. "The Bishop's remarks were most 
appropriate and beautiful. His references to Mrs. John 
Baird, the founder of the church in Baird, was exceedingly 
tender and beautiful. The churches in Inverness and Indi- 
anola are really the outgrowth of the church in Baird." 
From the Church Nev/s. 

The Greenville, Miss., Democrat, Sept. 21, 1913, said: 

"One of the brilliant women of the State passed away 
when Mrs. John R. Baird died Friday morning, the 19th 
inst, at 2:20 A. M., at the family home, Baird, Sunflower 
County, of heart failure. Mrs. Baird was the sister of 
Gen. T. C. Catchings, of Vicksburg, former congressman 
from this district, and the wife of one of the Delta's edu- 
cated, successful planters and business men, Hon. John R. 
Baird. Mrs, Baird was not only a lady of intellectual force, 
but of many accomplishments and Christian virtues. She 
leaves, besides the devoted husband, two sons to especially 
mourn her death. The remains were taken to Columbus, 
Miss., for interment. Mrs. Baird was well known in this 
city, where her many friends deeply regret her death." 

The Indianola Enterprise, Indianola, Miss., said: 

"Mrs. N. C. Baird, wife of Mr. John R. Baird, of Baird, 
Miss., died at her home last Friday morning after a brief 
illness and was interred in the family burial ground in 
Columbus, Miss., on Saturday morning, 10 A, M. Mrs. 
Eaird was a m.ost excellent lady, a devoted mother and 


loving wife. She had a kind word and pleasant smile for 
every one and was a free giver to all charitable causes. Her 
home was full of sunshine and a hearty welcome was found 
by all who were her guests. She was a devout Christian^ 
having joined the Episcopal Church in her girlhood days. 
She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and two sons, a 
sister, Mrs. T. H. Torrey, and a brother, Gen. T. C. Catch- 
ings, and many other near and dear relatives who are bowed 
down with grief over her death. The Enterprise extends 
to all relatives and especially to the heart-broken husband 
and children its sincere sympathy and wishes that it could 
say something that would in a measure take from them 
some of the sting death has caused in taking away this 
noble woman." 

The Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 21, 1913, said: 
"Mrs. John R. Baird, well known in this city, died at 
Baird, Miss., last Friday morning at 2:20 o'clock, after a 
brief illness. Heart failure was the direct cause of her 
death. Mrs. Baird was a sister-in-law. of Mrs. John H. 
Richards of this city and the body was brought here for 

Mrs. Baird lived at Baird, Miss., and was a member of 
one of the Delta section's most prominent families. She 
was 68 years of age at the time of her death and is survived 
by her husband and two sons, Dr. Thomas Catchings Baird 
and Mr. James Baird. The funeral party arrived Friday 
afternoon at 6 P. M. over the Southern Railway. Several 
relatives and friends of the family met the party at the 
station and the body was conducted to St. Paul's Church, 
where it reposed until yesterday morning, 10 A. M., when 
the funeral was held, Rev. W. E. Dakin, Rector of the 
Church, officiating. Interment occurred at Friendship 
Cemetery and the following gentlemen officiated as pall- 
bearers : Gid D. Harris, E. R. Hopkins, Dr. W. E. Richards, 
Chas. F. Sherrod, Sr., G. Y. Banks, Jack M. Morgan. 



"At Baird, Miss., on the morning of September 19th, 
1913, at 2:20 o'clock, Nannie Clendinen Catchings, wife of 
John Rupert Baird. Without warning or sign of its ap- 
proach, death entered this lovely home, wrecking it ,taking 
away wife, mother, sister — the one stay that held the home 
together. 'Twas well the summons came suddenly, for to 
her life was sweet as long as her living ministrations were 
needed by those most dear to her. 

Mrs. Nannie Catchings Baird was born October 14, 1845, 
at Fleetwood, the plantation home of her parents, near 
Bolton, Miss. She was a daughter of Dr. Thomas J. 
Catchings and his wife, Nancy M. Clendinen. She was edu- 
cated in a private school in her father's family, and was 



(Nee Nannie Clendinen Catchinjrs) 
picture was pholosjraphed in Vicksburg, Miss. 

one year at the Nashville Female Academy, where she 
graduated in 1860, being the youngest girl in a class of 60. 
The subject of her essay was "Yankee Doodle," which cre- 
ated quite a sensation, and won applause on account of the 
political excitement of that period. 

Nannie Clendinen Catchings was baptized at Brandon, 
Miss., Friday, Mar. 1, 1868, by Rev. Duncan C. Green, and 
later confirmed by his father, the Bishop. On April 21, 
1866, she married John Rupert Baird, son of Dr. and 
Mrs. James M. Baird, of Asheville, N. C, and went with 
him to his home in Sunflower County. Here she lived until 
her death. Her husband being one of the pioneers, she took 
the greatest pride in its development and improvement, 
in which she was so instrumental, and before she died saw 
it a grand and beautiful county. She was zealous in mis- 
sion work and organized the first Episcopal Sunday School 
that was ever in tlie county in 1873, using an abandoned 
negro cabin. During the early part of her church mission, 
and until his death in 1883, Mrs. Baird's father was a 
lay reader, appointed by Bishop Green and also taught the 
Bible class in her Sunday School ; a most devout and holy 

In 1876, with the co-operation of her parents, and dona- 
tions from other sections and from the North, she built 
a lovely chapel in Johnsonville, then the county site. Two 
years later this was destroyed by a cyclone, but not discour- 
aged, in 1878, she built another churchly chapel. When 
the county site was moved from Johnsonville to Indianola, 
she had the little chapel moved on rollers to the new town 
of Baird. In this chapel Bishops Green, Thompson and 
Bratton have officiated. As the years rolled by, Mrs. 
Baird's health declined, the town was almost depopulated 
hy the building of the Y. D. Railroad and the dear little 
chapel was closed. Recently it has been torn down and 
the material and furniture given by Mrs. Baird to the 
churches at Indianola and Inverness, where they will be 
sweet memorials of her. Though the church is gone, her 
labor was not in vain, for she lived to see every member 
of her family in its folds. She was a woman of strong 
character and brilliant intellect, and now that life's fitful 
fever is over, and her sweet spirit goes to the God who 
gave it, we can attest to her womanly virtues, her devotion 
to God and the church, to her family and friends to whom 
she was always an inspiration for all that was good and 
noble. Besides her devoted husband and sons, and their 
lovely families, she leaves an only sister, Mrs. M. C. Torrey, 
and a brother. Gen. T. C. Catchings, to mourn her loss. 
To them we offer our heartfelt sympathy, feeling that "she 
but left time's dusty borders for the golden gates instead." 
And there awaits the coming of the loved ones from home. 

The Church News, October, 1913. Sue M. Baird." 


From birth to her death, Mrs. Baird's complexion was 

like roses and lilies, tender and fresh. Her height was 

five feet one inch. Her hair was lovely auburn, of a 
rare shade. 

At Mrs. N. C. Baird's funeral, those who sang in the choir 
were Mesdames lincoln, Peacher, Frierson, Vaughn, Wood- 
ward and Mrs. Williams, daughter of Rev. Dr. Dakin. 

Those who arranged the flowers upon the grave were 
Mesdames Lavinia Phillips, Annie R. Woodward, Julia S. 

Hymns sung by the choir were: "Peace, Perfect Peace;" 
"Abide With Me" and "Nunc Dimitis." A handsome slab 
of Italian marble, with roses, lilies and cape jessamines, 
her favorite flowers, carved upon it, was placed upon her 
grave by her husband. Among the floral tributes was an 
elegant pillow sent by St. Stephen's Church, Indianola. 
Other beautiful In Memoriams of Mrs. Baird were contribu- 
ted. Among these were two pieces of poetry by Mrs. Fer- 
mine Baird Catchings, of Garden City Estates, Long Island, 
New York, called "The Rose Beyond the Wall," and "Death 
or Life," by Carroth. These pieces were published in the 
Church News, Oct., 1913. 

Dec. 25, 1893. Written by Mrs. N. C. Baird, Mississippi. 
— The Christmas services for children at St. Paul's Chapel, 
Baird, were dehghtful. It was elaborately decorated with 
evergreens. The holly and mistletoe were gathered in the 
forest nearby, and very beautiful these were, the former 
covered with red berries, and the latter with exquisite wax 
like white ones. These, with branches of cedar and tree 
box from Mrs. Baird's flower garden, were tied in bunches 
and long sprays, and arranged everywhere, in a most taste- 
ful manner. The chancel windows, altar, pulpit, lectern, 
font and arch overhead, were especially beautiful. The 
most enjoyable feature was the assembly of girls and boys 
for prayers, the first of the kind ever held in this vicinity, 
Mrs. Baird read, and the children responded in full, clear 
voices, showing how well they appreciated and felt the need 
of returning thanks for the birth of the adorable Christ- 
child. At the conclusion each one received a bag of fruit, 
a package of firecrackers, and a beautiful Christmas card, 
the latter sent by a little girl away off in New Haven, Conn. 
Of course these little presents awakened bright smiles and 
expressions of heartfelt thanks from all. One of the little 
girls holding up him, remarked, "Mrs. Baird, I could kisa 
you for this." So v/e enjoyed that time honored pleasure 
"under the mistletoe," and departed with feelings of grati- 
tude that we had been allowed the privilege of making one 
another happy. 




(Nee Nannie Clendinen Catehings) 
(Taken in Oxford, Miss., about 1886) 


"This week has been quite eventful, in the way of reli- 
gious services at St. Paul's Church. Last Sunday, beauti- 
ful and bright, was Easter, the day commemorating our 
Lord's resurrection. The Church, according to an ancient 
custom, was tastefully decorated. This was with the wild 
dogwood and redbud blossoms, supplemented by a few flow- 
ers from the gardens of kind friends, who supplied all that 
they had, the extreme cold having destroyed the earliest 

At ten o'clock the children were present in numbers, vie- 
ing with each other as to who would find the greatest num- 
ber of Easter eggs, which, as an old-time legend has it, 
were laid in the church yard by the rabbits. Indeed, it 
was truly joyous to see them, with their young hearts 
overflowing with glee and merriment, such as children 
only can manifest. Returning into the church, each one 
was presented with a beautiful Easter card. A few of 
them, by punctuality in attendance won as prizes, neckties 
and embroidered silk handkerchiefs, which greatly pleased 

At 11 o'clock, Mr. W. A. Heard, lay reader, kindly offi- 
ciating, quite a large, intelligent assembly gathered, uniting 
in morning prayers and singing hymns to the praise of God. 

"Then, on Tuesday followng. Rev. Geo. Neide came over 
from Greenwood and gave us morning and afternoon serv- 
ices, whicTi were well attended, it being a week day. 

"According to appointment. Bishop Hugh Miller Thomp^ 
son came the next evening. He held services and preached 
to a few brave men and women, who literally dared the 
elements, to reach the church : going out in a pouring ram 
and returning in a snow storm, such as we, in the Sunny 
South rarely experience. We hope they feel assured of 
our heartfelt gratitude for their presence and undivided 
attention. The Bishop took for his text the old, familiar 
one, 'The Prodigal Son.' His interpretation of it, however, 
was entirely new and original ; bringing out his points in 
the same forcible manner, which characterizes all of his dis- 
courses. We hope to have him with us again in the fall, 
when we trust, our Northern brethren will keep their 
weather at home. 

"Written by Mrs. N. C. Baird." 

"We are sorry to say, last week a part of the manuscript 
entitled, "Easter and other days" was mislaid, and conse- 
quently omitted. It had reference to the baptisms by Mr, 
Neide, at morning and afternoon services. The candidate 
at the former was no less a personage than our dear little 
friend Lester, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hill. It 
was a beautiful sight. He is a namesake of our esteemed 
citizen, Mr. W. D. Lester, who, very properly, presented 

him at the font, and stood as God father. The Httle fellow 
listened attentively all through the service, and when Mr. 
Neide took him in his arms, and poured water on his 
head three times, in the name of the Trinity, and signed 
him with the sign of the cross, his beautiful brown eyes 
were turned heavenward, making him appear truly angelic. 

In the afternoon, Alice Hamby, a daughter of our re- 
spected townsman, Mr. W. A. Hamby, at her earnest solici- 
tation, was brought forward and received the Holy rite. 
She has been a constant and faithful attendant at the Sun- 
day School for months. 

We take this opportunity of mentioning Rev. Mr. Sidney 
of Clarksdale, who accompanied the Bishop here. He is a 
highly educated, accomplished gentleman. It gives us 
pleasure to announce that he may visit us several times 
during the year. — N. C. Baird. 1895. 

The nurse of Nannie C. and Thomas C. Catchings when 
infants, was named Aunt Celia, a very accomplished and 
capable servant, high-toned and reliable and almost white. 
Her husband, Robert Jefferson, was a freed man and a 
carpenter, a courteous negro from Virginia, once owned 
by President Thos. Jefferson. He bought her and her 
children for a trifle and moved to Indianapolis, Ind., about 
1848. A few years later she came back on a visit. The 
names of children were Mississippi and Lucy. The nurse 
of Mary C. Catchings was Aunt Polly, a good, kind old 
negress who kept her in pap, etc. 

351. Thomias Clendinen Catchings (267), b. in Hinds 
County, Miss. He was educated by private teachers at 
home till Sept., 1859, when he entered the Freshman class 
«f the State University. In 1861 he entered Oakland Col- 
lege near Rodney and was made Sophomore speaker in 
1861, subject, "The Italian Drama." In 1861 he enlisted 
in Col. Burt's 18th Miss. Regt. of Infantry, at 14 years 
and 5 months of age, Capt. Edward Fountain's company. 
The latter part of the Civil war he was a member of Capt. 
James Buford's cavalry company. Col. Muldrow's regiment. 
After the surrender, he was one of President Davis' body- 
guard, or escort. Returning home he studied law with 
Gen. Robt. Lowry and Judge Mayers, in Brandon, Miss, the 
law firm of Mayers & Lowry. A special license to practice 
at 19 years of age was given by Judge Amos R. Johnston, 
after a rigid examination. He began practicing with Bur- 
well and Smeedes, in Vicksburg. His partner prior to his 
election to Congress was Mr. Marye Dabney, very able 
lawyer and fine man. When canvassing for the State Sen- 
ate, he made his first speech in Brandon, on May 1st, 
when about 21 years of age. This was before a large audi- 
ence assembled to witness the crowing as Queen of May 
Miss Mary Lou Langley, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Langley. 
He also assisted in decorating the stage and grounds of 



Copied from a photocraph of a daguerreotype taken about 1841 

She is sitting in the lap of her nurse "Aunt Celia." 

the Female Academy, where it occurred. He was State 
Senator, Attorney-General eight years. Resigned and was 
elected to Congress in 1885. Elected to 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 
54, 55 and 56th Congresses as a Democrat. He formed a 
partnership in Vicksburg with his son, Oliver, in 1899, to 
resume the practice of law, after declining a re-election to 
^Congress. He married Miss Florence Olivia Shearer, Ray- 
mond, Miss., March, 1869, in St. Mark's Church, Raymond, 
Rev. Dr. William Lord, Trinity Church, Vicksburg, offi- 
ciating. The attendants were Mary Clendinen Catchings 
and Wm. Pittman, attorney at law, Vicksburg, Lettie Dab- 
ney, Raymond, W. K. Ingersoll, then law partner of T. C. 
Catchings, Vicksburg; Miss Johnnie Jenkins and George 
Birckett, attorney at law, Vicksburg, Mrs. T. C. Catchings 
is a woman of clear, vigorous mind ; has a host of ardent 
friends to whom she is fondly attached; has high ideals 
and is devoted to home and its inmates. 

Mrs. T. C. Catchings is a very stylish lady, always dresses 
in taste. Her lovely waving dark hair is remarkable for 
its length, thickness, and luster. Her father, Mr. Oliver 
Vassar Shearer was a son of Dr. Thos. Shearer and wife, 
Sarah Brooks, both of Edgefield District, S. C. Her mother 
was Miss Elvira Sivly, born near Huntsville, Ala., and was 
a daughter of Andrew and Rebecca (Denton) Sivly. The 
Sivlys came from Holland in the 17th century to Pennsyl- 
vania; from there to Virginia and Tennessee, finally set- 
tling near Huntsville. Rebecca Denton (Mrs. Andrew Sivly) 
was an English Mr. and Mrs. O. V. Shearer lived 
and died in their home in Raymond, Miss., rearing their 
family there. 

T. C. Catchings began the study of law in 1865, admitted 
to practice in 1866, elected State Senator of Mississippi 
1875, resigned on being nominated for Attorney-General in 
1877, elected Attorney-General November 1, 1877, for four 
years and again in 1881. Resigned February 16, 1885. He 
has been attorney for the Southern Railway since resuming 
practice in Vicksburg in partnership with his son. He 
is affectionate, loyal and true to family and friends, upright, 
high toned and fearless in his convictions of right and 
what is just, socially, politically and upon religious subjects. 

"Forsyth, Ga., 9th May, A. D., 1865. 
"The bearer, T. C. Catchings, a sergeant of Co. (C), in the 
regiment commanded by Col. Henry Muldrow of Mississippi 
Troops, a paroled prisoner of the army commanded by Gen. 
Joseph E. Johnston and known as the 'army of Tennesse' 
has by virtue of this written parole permission to go home, 
and there to remain undisturbed on condition of not taking 
up arms against the United States of America, until relieved 


and exchanged, or otherwise from the obligation of hi.s 
parole, now granted. 

"James M. Buford, Capt., 
Commanding Co. (C) 
Henry L. IVIuldrow Col., 
Commanding Muldrow's Regt. 
Confederate Cavalry." 


Vicksburg, Miss., March 7, 1908. 
My dear Sister: 

I received in this morning's mail, a copy of the Confed- 
erate Veteran, which contains an account of Mr. Davis' 
retreat, the distribution of money among the escort, and 
the disbandment. 

We had with us quite a lot of silver money, which be- 
longed to the treasury, though it could have been no very 
great sum, as it must all have been distributed. So far 
as my own company was concerned, the article is in error 
in stating that we received $25.00 in Washington, Ga. In 
fact, we received it all in Abbeville, S. C. It is also in error 
so far as my company was concerned, at least, in saying 
we were paroled at Augusta, Ga. I don't see how he fell 
into that mistake. Augusta lies to the east of Atlanta, 
and we were making a direct line to Macon, Ga., for the 
purpose of meeting Gen. Wilson's troops, who were coming 
up from that direction, so that we could surrender to 

We met them and were paroled on the Ocmulgee River, 
near the little village of Forsythe, Ga. From" there, we 
made our way across Alabama and Mississippi as best we 
could. We usually traveled in parties of ten or twelve 
together. I remember we crossed the Black Warrior River, 
not many miles south of Columbus, Mississippi. 

When I reached the Yazoo River, I found that the whole 
county was overflowed. I left my horse and saddle on 
Honey Island, and ferried across the Yazoo River, and 
made my way on foot to Col. Martin's. There, I met John, who also was returning home. We got a dugout 
and paddled across the bottom, following the old road from 
Garvin's Ferry. We could do this very easily, the road 
being quite distinct, although ground was under water. 

When we reached Moorhead Bayou, we were pretty weir 
tired out, so we turned down it, drifting with the current 
into theQuiver River, and down it into the Sunflower River 
and then down the Sunflower until we reached Garvin's 
Ferry Landing. Here John Heathman left us going out on 
Indian Bayou. 

I continued alone, going down the Sunflower River to the 
mouth of Mound Bayou, and paddled up that stream until 


I reached Mr. Tom Lee's place. By that time I was worn 
out ,and I landed. He loaned me a horse and I rode down 
to our home, a mJle distant. 

The money which had been paid me, I managed to keep, 
except $1.00, which I had exchanged at Forsythe, Ga., for 
about $1,000.00 Confederate money. That money in Con- 
federate bills paid my way home. I do not mean that I im- 
posed it upon people, but knowing that the war was over, 
they took it of course at large rates, hoping that in some 
way it might be at least partially made good. The balance 
of the money I gave to my mother. 

After the flood was gone, I went back to Honey Island, 
and got my horse and accoutrements and brought them 

I find that I have failed to describe the actual formali- 
ties of the surrender. They were very simple indeed. Our 
paroles were written, in fact by the captains of our com- 
panies, they being authorized by Gen. Wilson to do this. 
We were allowed to retain our horses and side arms, sur- . 
rendering only our guns. We were put upon a ferry boat 
and ferried over the Ocmulgee River, and just as we stepped 
off the boat, we handed our guns to Federal soldiers, who 
were there for that purpose, on either side of the boat. 

We then mounted our horses and rode off. That termi- 
nated our service as Confederate soldiers. 

Believe me as ever vour devoted brother, 

T. C. Catchings. 

The following are copies of letters written home, by 
Thomas Clendinen Catchings, and some from Dr. and Mrs. 
T. J. Catchings, when in Va. looking after him, Silas Mercer 
Catchings, a nephew of Dr. Catchings', and David M. Hem- 
mingway, a half brother of Mrs. Catchings. After the 
battle of Manassas, Dr. Catchings and a neighbor in Hinds 
Co., Miss., Dr. Sterling Peebles, went at once to Va. to see 
after their loved ones. Dr. Catchings remained quite ar 
while and practiced as a Christian duty, in the hospitals, 
doing all that was possible for the sick and wounded. Mrs. 
Catchings afterwards joined him. As she stepped from. 
the train at Culpepper, she saw her young son, T. C. Catch- 
ings, lying upon the railroad platform. He was sick with 
measles and was being taken to the hospital by his body- 
servant, Jake. The measles developed into typhoid fever, 
and he came near dying, although nursed so carefully by 
his parents. Dr. Catchings obtained a discharge for him. 
and brought him home, where he remained till well. He 
then joined a Cavalry Co. from near Kosciusko, Miss. — 
under command of Capt. James Buford. He first enlisted 
in the company of Capt. Edward Fontaine, Col. Burts. 18th 
Miss. Regt. 


"Manassas Junction, Va., June 23, 1861. 
"My dear Mother: 

"I have just finished dinner, which as usual consisted of 
Bacon, Bread and Beans. I should have written these 
words with small letters, but as they perform such an im- 
portant part in my present life, I concluded I would honor 
them with capitals. I wrote to you when at Lynchburg, 
which letter you have perhaps received by this time.We 
arrived at this station several days ago, and I never felt 
stronger or more healthy in my life. Actually after drill- 
ing and taking so much exercise, I know that my muscles 
are growing harder, and I feel better than I ever did before. 
We are now within ten or fifteen miles of the enemy and 
our picket guards bring in two or three of them every day. 
There was a fight took place last night ten miles from 
here, in which 50 of the enemy were killed, and none of 
our men were hurt. Also fight took place upon the railroad 
about twelve miles from this place. The enemy were re- 
building a bridge, which our men had burned down, and we, 
that is our men waited till they had almost finished it when 
we marched upon them. There were 300 Southerners to 500 
of their men, but they were afraid to fight with even that 
majority, so they went back on the cars to their encamp- 
ment and returned shortly afterwards with 1000 men. 
Among our troops was another artillery company, and while 
the enemy were gone, they planted their cannon, and sta- 
tioned themselves behind the bushes and little elevations. 
They came back in box cars, and the trains backed slowly 
down the track to the bridge, but when they didn't see any 
of our men, concluding that all was not right, they started 
off in a hurry. Our men then fired upon them and un- 
coupled seven cars, killing a great many of them. 'The Na- 
tional Intelligencer,' their principal paper, says that 250 of 
them were killed and that the cars were dripping with 
l)lcod. They never fired. We took twenty-five stand of 
arms and a good many blankets and knapsacks, together 
with a great quantity of valuable carpenters' tools, v\-ith 
which they were building the bridge. There was a man 
killed today while cleaning his musket. He should not have 
attempted to clean it loaded. It is probable that we will 
leave here in a few days, though to what place we cannot 
conjecture. I have seen Gen. Beauregard and he is a very 
fine looking man. Capt. Fontaine says that we may carry 
pistols with us and that every man ought to have one, so 
J wrote to Mr. Redfield to send me two, one for myself and 
one for McGuire. I would have written to father about it 
first, but there was a young man going down to Jackson, 


just for the purpose of bringing pis^tols to all who sent for 
them. All of the boys are well and in fine spirits. Well, 
mother, I haven't time to write any more, so I will stop. 
How are the crops? Have you received Uncle Jack's da~ 
guerrotype? I see Oty Smith is at Corinth. Best love to 

"Your affectionate son, 

"T. C. Catchings. " 

For Mrs. Dr. T. J. Catchings, Bolton Depot, Hinds Co., Miss. 

"Uncle Jake," referred to above was the negro man serv- 
ant sent with T. C. Catchings to the army. He was the 
carriage driver of Mrs. Catchings. The daguerrotype was 
sent by Jake to Mary Ann, his wife. She was the pastry 
cook and seamstress of fine work in the home, and was 
brought from S. C. when Mrs. Catchings' mother moved 
from there to Miss. Mary Ann's father, "Uncle Charlie," 
was an accomplished fiddler and played not only for the 
Saturday night dance of the negroes on the plantation but 
also for balls and entertainments of white friends. His 
wife was "Aunt Susan." "Uncle Jake's" father was named 
Cato. Grandfather Joseph Catchings gave him his free- 
dom, years prior to the Civil war. During a visit he made 
to his son Jake, I remember when father spoke of his hair 
being gray, he remarked "Yes sir, the snow's of many win- 
ters have fallen upon my head." A grandson, Cato, was 
the dining room and house boy. After the Manassas bat- 
tle he succeeded his father, Jake, as valet to T. C. Catchings 
and also was furnished a horse to ride. That of T. C. 
Catchings was named "Stanly," a snow white, handsome 
young animal, raised upon the plantation, "Fleetwood." 
M. C. Torrey. 

"Sundav morning, Culpepper C. H., Va., July 21, 1861. 
"My dear Wife: 

"I arrived at this place Wednesday at 12 o'clock, having 
been detained at Lynchburg twenty-four hours. The roads 
do not connect at that place, and the detention is unavoid- 
able, but everywhere else I am hurried forward with scarcely 
time to eat or change cars. All along the whole route, 
the people were in a flutter of excitement — cheering on some 
Texas troops, who were on our train, by every demonstra- 
tion you can imagine. This was the case, even in Green- 
ville, Tenn., where Andy Johnson lives. As the distance to 
this place is no greater than Richmond, I came directly 
here. I have not been to Richmond, and may not visit that 
city at all. A great many buildings are occupied here as 
hospitals, so it was difficult to ascertain the house in which 
Mr. McGuire died. I succeeded, however, in the course of 
Wednesday evening, and learned all of the particulars of 
his sickness and death. Thursday I visited the burying 
ground, and saw his grave, also that of Ellington. I have a 


ki-ck of McGiiire's hair for his mother. It was cut off by 
a lady who nursed him. I have no words to express my 
admiration for the people of this village and neighborhood. 
You meet the ladies everywhere nursing aiid administering 
to the sick and they seem to do this without ostentation. 
In addition to the hospitals established by the government, 
almost every private house is filled with the sick, and this 
is the case for ten mJles in every direction in the country. 
All of this seemed to be a labor of love by the people, and 
I have no doubt it is. On Friday I started to Manassas to 
see our boys and before I got on the cars, met Tommy (my 
son) Alfred and William Johns and Henry Petrie on a sick 
train for Charlottesville to the hospital, lately opened in 
the University building. They jumped out of the cars of 
course. Tommy and Alfred Johns were nearly over the 
measles when they came, and have never been in bed a 
moment, since. Henry Petrie had dysentery and Mr. Johns 
had measles just beginning. They are both better now. In 
concert with several Mississippians, these young men were 
furnished with rooms at the hospital. Mrs. Meade and Mrs. 
Cuddy Thomas are here. I have called on them twice. Tom 
Moffitt is with them on the sick list, but too well to be in 
bed. The town is full of young men on the sick list, but 
not fit for the ranks now. I telegraphed you about the 
safety of our boys after the fight on Thursday. They 
would not suffer me to say anything of the fight. It was 
a brilliant affair. The enemy lost at least 900 killed, be- 
sides the wounded. We had about five thousand men 
against nearly three times this number. They attacked us 
in trenches, and of course, we had the advantage. The 
fighting on our side was done mainly by Virginians, aided 
by the Washington Artillery. The armies on both sides 
are concentrating at Manasses and Alexandria, and we are 
in daily expectation of a battle that shall equal in magni- 
tude the battle of Waterloo. That we shall be victorious, I 
have no doubt. I think Tommy (our son) will be back in 
his regiment tomorrow, and may be in the great battle. 
He is anxious to be. Tell Dr. Pebbles that I have written 
to Manassas to let our boys know that I am here, so that 
they can come here if they get sick. I have devoted myself 
to the sick day and night, and this is the spirit which ani- 
mates everyone here. No visitor is allowed to go into the 
encampments. Tliis rule is positive, so I cannot see the 
boys till after the great battle. I shall then hasten to see 

them all. Tommy says that Joe Peebles and _ 

are both well. If they get sick they will come here, and I 
will take care of themi. Of course, I cannot think of leaving 
here yet, and do not know when I shall go home. Certainlr 


not till I have seen our boys through the sickness and 
wounds of the great struggle. I cannot give you an idea 
of the state of things here, but everything I see makes me 
proud of the South. 

"Much love to you and the dear children. 
''Affectionately and devotedly, 

"Thos. J. Catchings." 

For Mrs. Dr. T. J. Catchings, Bolton Depot, Hinds Co., 

"Our boys," referred to by Dr. C. were those from the 
neighborhood at home. 

"Richmond, Va., August 22nd, 1861. 
"My dear Children : 

"Yesterday morning your father came to Richmond. We 
have been endeavoring to get on in the army. Until last 
night, we could not obtain permits further than Culpepper. 
There we have written for Silas Catchings and Tommy to 
meet us. We think it is exceedingly doubtful if they can 
get furloughs. The heads of the army have ordered that 
no one, without exception, shall go to Manassas, so you see 
it is very little use for friends to come here. Your father 
is very much fatigued. He has been constantly nursing 
at Culpepper. He, and two or three other physicians from 
Mississippi have the pleasure to know that everyone of 
the wounded and sick are fast improving. A great number 
were wounded, but few killed. Yesterday, I took a ride 
and passed the prisons where the Yankees are confined. 
It is said there are nearly two thousand in Richmond. Con- 
stantly bringing them in. Seventy-five came in last night. 
The windows where we passed were crowded. Guards 
stood always around. They, the Yankees, are a most re- 
markable looking set of creatures. Richmond is a beauti- 
ful place. I have been out to see several regiments drill. 
They look warlike indeed, with their little tents spotted 
around. It is right funny to see these soldiers cooking. 
They all say that David Hemingway is as brave and cool 
a man as there is in camp. He has never been heard to 
murmur, and has never flinched in battle. This is very 
gratifying to me. Jake (Tommy's body?servant) is sick 
at Culpepper Court House with measles. I shall be very 
sorrj^ if I cannot see David Hemingway and Silas Catchings, 
but all have to submit to military orders. Richmond is 
filled with soldiers. The people of Virginia are the kindest 
on earth. Whenever sick soldiers can be moved they send 
their carriages and take them to their homes and every- 
thing that can be done for them is done. When we arrived 
here last Monday night, we learned that Hugh McLaurin 
was sick and wounded, and on the same street with us, so 
I had scarcely rested, when Dr. Peebles, Mr. Askew and I 


went to see him. A cannon ball passed him and rebounded, 
striking him and but for his canteen which was shattered 
into pieces, might have killed him. His back and extremi- 
ties were slightly paralyzed, but he is all right now. I am 
much distressed to know that orders have been given that 
no one is allowed to go into the army ranks. The troops 
have advanced 18 miles from Manassas, and it is not pos- 
sible for a buggy, carriage or horse to be had. Dr. Peebles 
will try to get a permit and if he succeeds he will walk 
to where the army is encamped. Frank Pope heard that I 
was here and called last night. I told him to try to get a 
permit for Tom (my son) to come to Richmond, It is very 
doubtful if anyone will be allowed this. The impression is 
that they are making arrangements to attack Washington. 
* * * * There never was such a victory. It is now ascer- 
tained that we had not more than 500 killed and wounded. 
In Richmond they are daily bringing in prisoners. Among 
them is a member of Congress. Your Uncle Robert Myers 
called to see me. His son, David Myers, joined Hampton's 
Legion, and was in the thickest of the fight. He saw a Yan- 
kee colonel fall, and rushed upon him and took his sword. 
I hope I shall see this dear little hero. Your Uncle Robert, 
in telling me of David's bravery, and the compliments his 
commander paid him, wept like a child he was so over- 
joyed. We traveled with Dr. Elliott of Nashville, Tenn., the 
principal of your school, who is enthusiastic in the Southern 
cause. Rev. Dr. C. K. Marshal of Vicksburg, Miss., was also 
several days with us. He was frequently called upon along 
the route for speeches. There have been several attempts 
to obstruct the track. Col. Percy's regiment came very near 
getting into a fight at Knoxville, Tenn., because the cars 
were intentionally detained. Peyton Moffit is sick with 
measles. Poor Archie McLaurin had his left arm shot off. 
His father and mother are with him. I am sick at heart 
because I cannot see all of our boys. I pray God, I may be 
able to see my precious child. Fatigue and excitement have 
almost made me sick. Mrs. Wilkins and family are as kind 
to me as possible and are the most pleasant people 
I ever met. Dr. Stone of New Orleans and fifty experienced 
hospital nurses came with us. Dr. Hunter, also of Mobile, 
is at Manassas. There are such quantities of surgeons here, 
that I hope your father will conclude to go home. 
"Your loving mother, 

"N. M. Catchings." 
Misses Mary and Nannie Catchings, Brandon, Miss., care 
Dr. Daniel Wilkinson." 

"Culpepper C. H., Va., Aug. 15, 1861. 
"My dear Children: 

"Major Drane leaves for Canton, Miss., tomorrow and 
will mail this as soon as he gets home. * * * I had no idea 



This picture was copied frcm an ambrotypo taken in 1862 by E. Von Seutcr, 

Raymond, Miss. The set of carbuncles and pearls was presented to 

her upon her graduation from Nashville Female Academy, by 

uncle. D. M. HemminKway. The necklace with pendant 

is not worn in the picture. She married Jno. R. Baid. 

before I came here, how much bone and sinew it requires 
to enable a soldier to perform his duties efficiently, and the 
Southern army must discharge a large number of boys upon 
this score alone. The amount of sickness in the army is 
appalling. I suppose the Yankees are suffering to the same 
extent. There is a rumor that on yesteray a portion of 
our army attacked 1700 Yankees on this side of the Po- 
tomac, above Leesburg, and killed 300, taking the rest 
prisoners. * * * * Soon after the great battle I went over 
the battle grounds. It was a horrid sight, beyond all power 
of description. I have a good many relics picked up on 
the field after the battle. Joe Peebles had a hole shot in 
his shirt sleeve. He is said to have behaved very bravely. 
Capt. Wellborn says that Clay Robinson is a noble boy and 
a brave soldier. Tommy and Silas have been sick. They 
are anxious to be at home to enjoy the peaches and water- 
melons. Poor boys ! They are much reduced and have been 
through the rubbers. 

"Your affectionate father, 

"Thos. J. Catchings." 

Misses Mary and Nannie Catchings, care Mr. C. G. Red- 
field, Jackson, Miss." 

"In the breast works, Atlanta, Ga., August, 12, 1864. 
My darling Sisters : I have written quite a number of let- 
ters to all of you, but I think it is extremely doubtful 
whether you have received them or not, and knowing that 
you must be very anxious to hear from me, I shall write 
again. I received a letter from cousin Lida Clendinen a 
few days since and she said that you would get my letters 
if they were directed to Sidon, Carrol Co., care of Col. 
Martin. I will try this one. I should think you could get 
them through to me in the same manner. I have received 
onlj^ one from you yet. There has been no change in the 
state of affairs at this place for nearly five weeks. They 
are making every effort to get to Atlanta and Gen. Hood 
is straining every nerve to hold it. They have concen- 
trated their force, with one exception of a heavy line of 
skirmishing on our left. I had comm.enced to write this 
letter with pen and ink, but had not proceeded far, before 
we were ordered to get into the ditch in double quick time, 
as the enemy were advancing in heavy force. It is rumored 
however that they have gone back, so I shall resume the 
pleasant task of writing to my darling sisters. The two 
armies are within gunshot of each other, and as a matter 
of course, the skirmishing is constant and very heavy by 
night as well as by day. They are afraid to risk a general 
engagement, and try to accomplish their object by flanking. 
The nearest approach to a regular battle we have had was 
on the 22nd of July. Our brigade now occupies the work 


from v/fiich the Yankees were driven on that day. It is 
enough to make our blood run cold to witness the horrid 
scene and mark the terrible slaughter committed. Many of 
our gallant soldiers offered up their lives on that occasion, 
as a sacrifice to their country's honor and liberty. Who 
would have dreamed when the battle of Manassas was 
fought that just three years from that date that a similar 
scene would be enacted in the immediate front of Atlanta, 
Ga. Oh ! how I long for the time to come when war will ba 
no more, and serene 'Peace,' with her smiling countenance 
will again become 'dictator' and place us all under her pro- 
tecting wings. That time may be far distant, but a feeling 
within tells me that though the present hour is dark, and 
threatening clouds hang overhead, rendering the aspect 
gloomy and disheartening, that the evil desires of our cruel 
invaders will be frustrated by the ever watchful Providence 
at an early hour, I sometimes fancy that I see the dim 
rays of liberty brightening slowly but surely on the verge of 
the horizon, and I prophesy that ere long the whole South- 
ern land will be filled with rejoicing, and as near as possible 
happiness. I base my opinion upon this: I think that the 
two campaigns now being conducted in Georgia and Vir- 
ginia, must of necessity terminate ingloriously to the enemy 
and to foil them at these points, would be to crown our 
armies with the proudest success met with since the war 
began. They being baffled after penetrating so far into the 
interior of our country, would never be able to undertake 
the same route, and the influence it will have upon the fast 
approaching elections in the North, is more decided, than 
that a peace candidate will be elected. Thus farewell to 
the war party and Lincolnism. You will be surprised to 
learn that J have been off duty only four days during the 
entire trip. I wish I could get my horse home, and bring 
out a fresh one, as he is very much in need of rest and 
food. If I ever get home again I will bring Cato with me. 
It is no trouble to keep the negroes with the command, and 
they are permitted to draw as soldiers. I think of you 
very often my sisters, and pray regularly that we may all 
meet again, meet around the dear old hearth stone in fath- 
er's room, and unite in praises and worship of our benefi- 
cent Maker. My best love to mother and father. Write 
Jong letters and plenty of them to your loving brother, 

"T. C. Catchings." 
For Siisses Mary and Nannie Catchings, Batton Depot, 

"Camp near Selma, Ala., March 3rd. 
"My dear Sisters: 

"It has been several days since I wrote to you last, but 
I was prevented from doing so by being on the march. We 
came to this place from Carthage, and have been here 


several days. It has rained unceasingly for the last ten 
days, and we, of course, are having a very unleasant, disa- 
greeable time. Every creek in the whole country is over- 
flowing, so we are completely water bound. Since arriving 
here, we have had all our horses shod and our. saddles rigged 
up. I have an excellent new saddle, and " Lord Byron" 
looks stylish with it on. I am very much afraid though, 
that he is going blind. One of his eyes has been sore for 
more than a month, and also the other one has become very 
weak. I am uneasy about them. We are getting very poor 
rations, consisting entirely of bad beef and coarse corn bread. 
However, I ought not to complain, as we are faring so much 
better than a great many other soldiers. I expect you have 
learned of the fall of Charleston. It was vacated by force, 
and by some bad management two regiments were captured. 
It was rumored in Selma yesterday that Richmond had also 
been vacated. I have been listening to hear of it for some 
time. We will soon witness a feat unparalelled in the an- 
nals of war. Gen. Hardee has massed a good army near 
Branchville, consisting of the Charleston and Savannah gar- 
risons. Quite a number of troops gathered from Mobile 
and other ports — Wheeler's corps of cavalry and a large 
body of State troops. Lee will by a ripid movement, unite 
his gallant old army which has never yet wavered. He will 
then turn upon Grant and inflict upon him a still deadlier 
blow. Dick Taylor, with Hood's army will get there in 
time to participate, instead of routing their last great army. 
I may rely too much upon Gen. Lee, but I believe it can be 
done, and he is not the man to shrink from doing it. A 
grand success at this stage of the game would be followed 
by foreign intervention, and then 'Peace' could ensue. But 
I will not endeavor to make you too hopeful, for it is pos- 
sible that we may make it result with disappointment. 
Our brigade has been assigned to Gen. Hampton of the Vir- 
ginia army. He has been promoted to Lt. General. A 
great many think that this detachment will not follow on 
after the command immediately, but will remain in this de- 
partment until it is ascertained whether Thomas intends 
raiding through from Tennessee. We had a rumor in camp 
today to the effect that we were ordered to Pollard, which 
is no great distance from Mobile. Do you look for an 
overflow this spring? I pray that it may not come, for 
you would then be troubled with the Yankee boats. How 
many letters have you received from me? I have written 
quite a number, but have not heard from any of you since 
1 left home. * * * * Good bye, my sweet sisters. Much love 
to mother and father, with many good wishes for their 
health and happiness. Write often and may God bless all 
of yon. 

"Your loving brother, 

"T. C. Catchings." 

Misses Mary and Nannie Catxihings, "Refug-e/' the plan- 
tation home in Sunflov/er Co., Miss." 

When Mrs. Catchings left for Va. she placed her daugh- 
ters, Mary and Nannie, with her friend in Brandon, Miss., 
Mrs, Daniel Wilkinson, and with their cousin in Jackson, 
Miss., Mrs. Charles G. Redfield, where they visited during 
her absence from home in Va, 

Those were trying days for the men in the ranks and 
for the anxious ones at home, as the mails were few and 
irregular. It was not known till after the war ceased that 
Thomas had a sunstroke, while on a long march. He and his 
uncle David Hemingway, and cousin Silas Catchings, were 
fearless and determined soldiers. 


Able Address of T. C. Catchings, M. C. 

Comrades E. S. Butts and W. M, Chamberlin have been 
diligent in supplying accounts of the recent Confederate 
memorial services at Vicksburg, Miss, Hon, J, A. P, Camp- 
bell, ex-Chief Justice of the State of Mississippi, writing 
of Mr. Catchings' oration, states: "The glorious cause of 
our loved South was never put in fairer, stronger, truer 
Hght. And the pervading spirit of the address is admira- 
ble, I wish every man, woman, and child. North and 
South, could read it." 

The address is given herein almost complete. The edi- 
tor of the Vicksburg Herald writes : "It consists in a sim- 
ple tracing of causes, remote and proximate, that led the 
<30untry up to secession and war, with the underlying and 
ever-present motive of vindicating the South and Southern 
men from imputations of treason and betrayal of trusts or 

Comrades, Ladies, and Gentlemen: Once more we have 
gathered together to pay grateful and loving tribute to 
the memory of the brave soldiers who went to their death 
in a vain but heroic struggle. Although more than the 
full span of a generation has been measured since the star 
of the Confederacy went out in the gloom of utter and ir- 
retrievable defeat, our rememberance of their supreme sac- 
rifice is tenderly and sacredly cherished. 

The great majority of their comrades who strove and 
battled wuth them, and yet who, in the providence of God, 
were spared their fate, have since crossed over the river 
to rest under the shade of the trees. Their survivors have 
passed the summit of the mountain, and are fast making 
their way into the shadows of the valley. Those of us- 
who with these brave men essayed to establish a separate 
and independent republic which we hoped would find an 
abiding place among the nations of the earth have taught 


our children that no stain of treason or blighted faith or 
broken vows dims the luster of their fame or soils the 
escutcheon of their honor. The task will soon be theirs to 
defend from all imputations of crime the nation which died 
in its infancy, and yet lived long enough to illustrate all 
the glories of human endeavor; which, with all its institu- 
tions and circumstances and power, utterly perished from 
the face of the earth, and yet left behind it the remem- 
brance of valiant deeds and noble performance, which will 
be reverentially celebrated in song and story as long as time 
shall last. 

The great civil war, which was the most stupendous 
drama of all the ages, did not find its genesis in criminal 
conspiracy or treasonable design. The Southern States in 
withdrawing from the union were exercising a power which 
had been claimed from the very adoption of the constitu- 
tion. Indeed, in the early days of the republic, the theory 
'was recognized by American statesmen with substantial 
unanimity, that the constitution was but a compact between 
sovereign States entered into for their common welfare; 
that by this compact they surrendered none of the attri- 
butes of sovereignty ; that because of this sovereignty, 
anj^ State could lawfully withdraw from the compact when- 
ever in its judgment its interests required it to do so; that 
the government created by the constirution was a federa- 
tion possessing only delegated povv'ers ; that it did not pos- 
sess the power to coerce the action of the States ; and that 
if a State chose to withdrav/ from the union, it was enti- 
tled to do so without control or question. At the date of 
his birth the hearts of the American people were yet at- 
tuned to the joyous song of newly acquired freedom, and 
patriotic ardor was still aflame from the remembrance of 
the great triumph which had crowned their endeavors. 
The proceedings of the convention which framed the con- 
stitution, those of the States in ratifying it, and the lumi- 
nous disquisitions of Madison, Hamilton, and their contem- 
poraries show that at that period there was little or no 
difference of opinion on the subject. I think it may safely 
be affirmed that if the framers of the constitution had 
avowed that their purpose was to create a supreme central 
government which would bind the States beyond all power 
of revocation, or withdrawal, it would never have been rati- 

Original Secession Sentiment 
The States of New York, Virginia, and Rhode Island 
went so far as to insert in their resolutions of ratification 
the explicit declaration that the powers of government 
vested by the constitution in the United States of America 
Tflight be reassumed by them whenever they should deem 
it necesasry to their happiness or to prevent injury or op- 


pression. By this declaration these States interpreted the 
constitution as admittino; the right of secession for if they 
had reassumed the powers granted to the United States,, 
they would necessarily have ceased to belong to the union. 
Their sister States, by admitting them, with this reserva- 
tion in their acts of ratification, to full copartnership in 
the Union, themselves necessarily recognized the soundness 
of their interpretation of the constitution. 

The Virginia resolutions of 1798, which were written by 
Mr. Madison, and those of Kentucky of 1798 and 1799, 
which were written by Mr. Jefferson, expressly declared 
that in case of the exercise of powers by the Federal gov- 
ernment which had no^. been granted or delegated to it, 
such acts would be void and of no force, and that the 
States would have the right to .judge for themselves, as 
well of any infractions as of the mode and measure of re- 
dress. These resolutions announced what is commonly 
known as the doctrine of nullification, with which it is dif- 
cult to agree, since it is impossible to perceive how a State 
could remain in the Union and not obey its laws. But they 
are important as containing the distinct affirmation that 
the States were not united on the principle of unlimited sub- 
mission to their general government, and that it had no 
powers, and could enforce none, except those which had 
been delegated to it. It necessarily followed from the 
doctrine of these resolutions that a State might lawfully 
secede from the union, since they expressly declared that 
it was to judge for itself of the mode and measure of re- 
dress. They were the basis of the campaign of the State 
rights party in 1800, which elected Mr. Jefferson to the 
presidency, became a part of its creed, and were approved by 
a majority of the American people in every presidential 
election thereafter except two, down to the election of Mr. 
Lincoln in 1860. 

New England the Home of Secession 
Col. Timothy Pickering, of Massachusetts, a soldier of 
the revolution, a member of Gen. Washington's Cabinet, 
and for many years a representative in Congress, openly 
advocated the secession of Massachusetts and other North- 
ern States, and the formation by them of a separate con- 
federacy. In a letter to George Cabot dated January 27, 
1804, he said: "The principles of our revolution point to the 
remedy — a separation. That this can be accomplished, 
and without spilling one drop of blood, I have no doubt. . . . 
I do not believe in the practicability of a long-continued 
Union. A Northern confederacy v/ould unite congenial 
characters and present a fairer prospect of public happi- 
ness; while the Southern States, having a similarity of 
habits, might be left to manage their own affairs in their 
own way. If a separation were to take place, our mutual 


wants would render a friendly and commercial intercourse 
inevitable. The Southern States would require the moral 
protection of the Northern Union, and the products of the , 
former would be impoi-tant to the navigation and commerce 
of the latter. ... It (meaning The separation) must begin 
in Massachusetts. The proposition would be welcomed in 
Connecticut, and could we doubt of New Hampshire? But 
New York must be associated, and how is her concurrence 
to be obtained? She must be made the center of the con- 
federacy. Vermont and New Hampshire would follow, of 
course, and Rhode Island of necessity." It is evident froirf 
this letter of Col. Pic' ering that he had every reason to 
believe that the doctrine for which he contended — the ri^t 
of the States to secede from the Union — met with appro- 
val in the States of Masachusetts, Nev.' Hampshire, New 
York, Vermont, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. And it is 
also to be observed that he enteiiained the view, which the 
South subsequently undertook to put into practical effect, 
that in case of an irreconcilable disagreement it was not 
only the right of the States, but their duty, to peaceably 
separate themselves from the union, and that this right 
rested upon the principles of the revolution, which had led to 
the separation of the colonies from Great Britain. Later 
on, the acquisition under Mr. Jefferson of the Louisiana pur- 
chase, as it is commonly called, was denounced with sur- 
passing bitterness, and the admission into the Union of 
that part of it which we now know as the State of Louisi- 
ana was violently opposed. 

Congress Indorsed Secession Doctrine 

Josiah Quincey, a distinguished representative in Con- 
gress from Massachusetts, said in 1811: "If this bill 
passes, it is my deliberate opinion that it is virtually a dis- 
solution of this Union; that it will free the States from 
their moral obligations, and, as it will be the right of all, 
so it will be the duty of some definitely to prepare for a 
separation — amicably if they can; violently if they must." 

Mr. Poindexter, a Southern, and a delegate from the 
Mississippi Territory, excepted to the utterances of the dis- 
tinguished Northern statesmen, and called him to order. 
His point of order was sustained by the Speaker of the 
House of Representatives, who ruled that discussion of the 
dissolution of the Union was out of order. From this de- 
cision of the Speaker an appeal was taken to the House, and 
he was overruled. Here was an open avowal in the House 
of Representatives by a Northern statesman of the right 
of secession ,and a decision by the House that it was a 
proper and lawful matter for legislative discussion, and 
that it could not be ruled out upon a point of order. 


Confederate Convention in Connecticut 

In 1814 a convention was assembled at the city of Hart- 
ford, consisting of delegates elected by the legislatures of 
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and attended 
also by representatives from the States of New Hampshire 
and Vermont. It was convened for the purpose of taking 
into consideration grievances under which these States 
were resting, growing out of the war with Great Britain. 
It has been commonly understood that the chief subject of 
their consultation was the withdrawal of th(ose jStates 
from the Union. While they did not decide at that time to 
withdraw from the Union, they very cleary indicated their 
opinion to be that the right to withdraw existed in the 
States. They said : "If the Union be destined to dissolution 
by reason of the multiplied abuses of bad administration, 
it should, if possible, be the work of peaceable times and 
deliberate consent. Some new form of confederacy should 
be substituted among those States which shall intend to 
maintain a Federal relation to each other. Events may 
prove that the causes of our calamities are deep and per- 
manent. They may be found to proceed not merely from 
the blindness of prejudice, pride of opinion, violence of 
party spirit, or the confusion of the times, but they may 
be traced to implacable combinations of individuals or of 
States to monopolize power and office, and to trample with- 
out remorse upon the rights and interests of commercial 
sections of the Union. Whenever it shall appear that the 
causes are radical and permanent, a separation by equita- 
ble arrangement wil be preferable to an alliance by con- 
straint among nominal friends, but real enemies." 

In 1844 and 1845 the proposition looking to the annexa- 
tion of Texas, and its admission as a State in the Union, 
was violently opposed, and attended by threats from the 
New England States of a dissolution of the Union. In 1844 
a resolution was adopted by the legislature of Massachusetts 
that "the commonwealth of Massachusetts, faithful to the 
compact between the people of the United States, according 
to the plain meaning and intent in which it was understood 
by them, is sincerely anxious for its preservation ; but that 
it is determined, as it doubts not the other States are, to sub- 
mit to undelegated powers in no body of men on earth." It 
further declared that "the project of the annexation of 
Texas, unless arrested on the threshold, may tend to drive 
these States into a dissolution of the Union." On Febru- 
ary 11, 1845, the legislature of Massachusetts sent to the 
Congress of the United States, a series of resolutions on the 
same subject, in one of which it was declared that "as the 
powers of legislation granted in the constitution of the Uni- 
ted States to Congress do not embrace a case of the admis- 
sion of a foreign State or foreign territory by legislation 


into the Union, such an act of admission would have no 
binding force whatever on the people of Massachusetts." 
Here is an express declaration by the great State of Massa- 
chusetts that the constitution of the United States was but 
a compact, that the government created bv it was one of 
delegated powers only, and that if the government should 
insist upon exercising powers not delegated, its acts would 
have no binding force on the State. It is the doctrine of 
nullification pure and simple, combined with t"he suggestion 
that the exercise of such undelegated powers might drive 
the State into a dissolution of the Union. 

The settlers on the Mississippi River and its tributaries 
prior to the Louisiana purchase were greatly harrassed 
and vexed in getting their products to market, by reason 
of the oppressive restrictions imposed by the Spaniards, 
who controlled its outlet. In a remonstrance presented by 
them to Congress regardin g their troubles they declared: 
"If Congress refuses us effectual protection, if it forsakes 
us, we will adopt the measures which our safety requires, 
even if they endanger the peace of the Union and our con- 
nection with the other States. No protection, no alle- 

Clash of the Two Theories 
It will be seen from what I have said that the right of a 
State to secede had been advocated only by those of the 
North as well as those of the South, from the very founda- 
tion of the Union. In the beginning the proposition that 
tlie constitution was but a compact between the States 
from which they might withdraw whenever in their judg- 
ment their interests made it proper to do so was in no sense 
sectional. Later on the doctrine was advanced that the 
effect of the constitution was to bind the States together 
in an indissoluble union, and thereby create a nation which 
was dominant and supreme. The ablest men in public life 
arrayed themselves on the respective sides of this propo- 
sition. Calhoun on the one hand and Webster on the other 
may be accepted as the greatest champions of the opposing 
theories. ... In his early career Calhoun had believed in 
and advocated the doctrine of the protective tariff, but some 
years later became a great champion of the contrary theory. 
Webster began by avowing his belief in the fallacy of the 
protective tariff, and ended by becoming one of its ablest 
advocates. The change of conviction on this great question 
in the minds of these statesmen was no doubt insensibl^^ 
occasioned by their commercial and industrial environ- 
ments, . . . Though political rivals, they were personal 
friends, and in his obituary address upon the death of Mr. 
Calhoun, Mr. Webster said of him: "There was nothing 
groveling or low or meanly selfish that came near the head 
or the heart of Mr. Calhoun." 


The discussion was regarded as a legitimate struggle by 
the opposing forces to secure the acceptance of the theory 
of constitutional interpretation for which they respectively 
contended. But thoughtful men all along perceived that if 
both sides persisted, if neither would yield, if no middle 
ground could be found upon which both could stand, the 
time would surely come when the strife for mastery would 
find its settlement in another field than that of discussion 
and debate. Unfortunately for us, the institution of slavery 
had firmly established itself in the South and had grown 
and expanded as the country grew. It had come down to 
us by inheritance, and there seemed nothing left for us 
save to follow the path which we had trod from the begin- 
ning, and eliminate as best we could as many as possible of 
the evils which we all recognized as inseparable from it. 
If the institution of slavery was accompanied by the sug- 
gestion of moral wrong, the States of the North were no 
more blameless than we; for, aside from the fact that in 
the early days their inhabitants were themselves owners 
of slaves, and had parted with them only when they ceased 
to be a profitable investment, and then Ijy sale for the best 
price to be had, the very constitution which they helped 
us to frame declared it to be lawful, and provided safeguards 
designed to prevent its destruction. The thousands of 
sturdy im.migrants who flocked to our shores, being white 
men and unaccustomed to the institution of slavery, natu- 
rally swerved from the South and swelled the population 
of the States and widespreading territories of the North. 
From time to time efforts were vainly made to preserve 
by compromise to some extent at least the balance of power 
between the slave States of the South and the free States 
of the North. "The irrepressible conflict," as Mr. Seward 
•called it, soon began to manifest itself in earnest. The 
bloody strife in Kansas ; the John Brown raid in Virginia, 
whch, if those who planned it were sane, was the most 
infamous crime of the century ; the triumph at the presi- 
dential election in 1860 of the Republican party, which 
had been born but a few years previous, made it plain to 
all that a supreme crisis had come upon us. Intense and 
wild excitement swept like a storm over the land. Mr. Lin- 
coln and his adherents protested in vain that, the institu- 
tion of slavery being lawful under the constitution, no war 
would be made upon it by his administration, and that the 
right of the people of the South would in all respects be 
preserved inviolate. But this could not outweigh the fam.- 
ous and portentous declaration of this great leader, that 
the Union could not survive half slave and half free. 

The leaders of the Southern States were convinced that 
the state of affairs could no longer be tolerated. Conven- 
tions were called in all of them, when they resolved that 


withdi'awal from the Union was the only remedy which 
could put an end to the strife and secure that peace and 
quiet so essential to their prosperity and safety. The 
Southern States, one by one, passed ordinances of secession, 
and solemnly declared that they were absolved from all fur- 
ther allegiance to the United States. The New York Tri- 
bune (then as now one of the ablest and most potential 
Republican journals) declared that "if the cotton States 
wished to withdraw from the Union they should be allowed 
to do so;" that "any attempt to compel them to remain, by 
force, would be contrary to the principles of the Declara- 
tion of Independence and to the fundamental ideas upon 
which human liberty is based ;" and that "if the Declaration 
of Independence justified the secession from the British 
Empire of three millions of subjects in 1776, it was not 
seen why it would not justify the secession of five millions 
of Southerners from the Union in 1861." 

Secession Not Treason 

Let it be remembered and graven on the hearts of our 
children's children, even unto the end of time, that these 
ordinances of secession were not enacted in pursuance 
of a theory, then invented and contrived, as a cloak behind 
which to conceal rebellion and treason, but that they merely 
enunciated a doctrine which had been boldly and openly 
declared to be warranted by the true construction of our 
constitution from the moment of its promulgation, more 
than seventy years before. There was no treason or disloy- 
alty in the minds and hearts of our people, nor did they 
essay the severance of the ties which had" so long bound 
them to the Union without just appreciation of the solemn- 
ity of their deed. Not only this, but for many reasons 
they contemplated the rupture with supreme sadness and 
regret. They had grown up under the old flag, and had 
been taught to revere it as the symbol of a great and 
free and generous government. The policies of that gov- 
ernment under which it had achieved a growth and pros- 
perity unparalleled in all history, had been almost wholly 
shaped by Southern statesmen from the beginning. The 
immortal leader in the war of the revolution, whose match- 
less powers and masterful nature had made our freedom 
from British tyranny possible, was a Southera man. His 
was the controlling spirit in the convention which had 
framed the constitution, and his influence, more than that 
of all others, had secured its ratification by the States. He 
became its first President, and under his administration 
was laid out the course by which the ship of state had 
sailed its maiden voyage. 

Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Tyler, Polk, and 
Taylor, all Southern men, were afterwards elevated to the 
Presidency. Jefferson, as every schoolbody knows, waf=! 


the author of the immortal Dleclaration of Independence. 
Under his administration was negotiated the Louisiana pur- 
chase, by which we acquired from France that imperial do- 
main embracing the entire States of Arkansas, Missouri, 
Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, part of the 
States of Minnesota, Kansas, Clorado, Montana, Wyoming, 
Louisiana, all of the Indian Territory, and part of the 
Oklahoma Territory. 

Madison, who did so much to explain and popularize its 
provisions, has been frequently called the father of the 
constitution. Under his administration the war of 1812 
was fought, in which we achieved such glory upon the 
seas , and which forever secured our shipping and seamen 
from the interference of foreign powers. 

Monroe promulgated the doctrine which bears his hon- 
ored name, which has been accepted as a part of interna- 
tional law, and which warned all nations that they would 
not be allowed to make further acquisitions upon or inter- 
meddle in any manner whatsoever with, the affairs of 
the American continent. The wisdom and beneficent pur- 
pose of the Monroe doctrine is such that it has become 
one of our fundamental traditions, to be maintained and 
enforced at all times, at any cost, whether of blood or 
treasure. Under his administration was negotiated the ces- 
sion of the entire Floridas, covering 69,749 square miles, 
which embraced the present State of Florida and small parts 
of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, 

Under the administration of President Tyler was nego- 
tiated the treaty by which Texas, with 376,931 square 
miles, was admitted as a State of the Union. 

Under the administration of President Polk was fought 
the Mexican War, which added fresh luster to our arms. 
The great leaders of our forces in that war were Winfield 
.Scott and Zachary Taylor, both Southern men. 

President Polk also negotiated the treaty with Mexico, by 
which we acquired that immense domain which embraces 
California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mextco, and parts 
of Colorado and Wyoming. He also negotiated the treaty 
with Great Britain by which our title v/as confirmed to 
that section of our country, including the States of Oregon, 
Idaho, Washington, and parts of Montana and Wyoming. 

Although Van Buren, Pierce, and Buchanan were North- 
ern men, the policies of their administrations were along the 
lines which had been laid out by the great Southern Presi- 
dents who had preceded them. 

The illustrious expounder of the constitution, whose 
fame as jurist has spread to the uttermost parts of the 
civilized world, was John Marshall, of Virginia, who for 
thirty-four years presided as chief justice of the Supreme 
Court of the United States. 


The people of the South contemplated with lofty pride 
the greatness and glory to which the republic had at- 
tained under the leadership and guidance of their statesmen. 
It was with profound regret that they reached the con- 
clusion that a just regard for their peace and safety de- 
manded of them a severance of their relation with the 
Union. ... In those ominous and storm-charged days 
that ushered in the tremendous struggle between the States, 
the passages between the contending sections on the floor 
of Congress reflected the intensity of the times. Replying 
to the exultant declaration of Senator Seward, of New York, 
that the power had departed from the South, that the scep- 
ter was now taken from her hands, and that henceforth 
the great North would grasp the power of government. 
Senator Hammond thus eloquently summed up the truth of 
history : 

"Sir: What the Senator says is true. The power has 
passed from our hands into yours. But do not forget it, it 
cannot be forgotten, it is written upon the brightest pages 
of history, that we, the slaveholders of the South, took our 
country in her infancy, and after ruling her for sixty years 
out of seventy years of her existence, we return her to you 
without a spot upon her honor, matchless in her splendor, 
incalculable in her power, the pride and admiration of the 
world. Tim.e will show what you will do with her, but no 
time can dim our glory or diminish your responsibility." 

Our love for the institutions our ancestors had aided in 
founding, and under which we had met with so much pros- 
perity, was made manifest by the form of government 
which was immediately provided for the Confederate States 
of America. The Confederate constitution, with few 
amendments, was the same as that of the United States. 
The administrative features of the new government were 
practically the same as those of the old. No thought of 
dictatorship or military supremacy on the one hand, or of 
lawlessness on the other, entered the minds of any. True 
to the principles of the revolution and of the Declaration of 
Independence, we provided safeguards for personal liberty 
and local self-governm.ent. 

During the whole of the long strife, and amidst hard- 
ship and privation almost indescribable, law and order were 
everywhere maintained. The legislatures of the States as- 
sembled and enacted such laws as were from time to time 
deemed necessary ; courts of justice were opened for the en- 
forcement and maintenance of the rights of person and 

It has often been said that, having failed to settle by 
debate the issues which had so long been the subject of 
contention, the South deliberately appealed to the arbitra- 
ment of war. This is a mistaken notion of the view which 


we entertained of our relations to the Union. Under that 
view, as I have attempted to explain, constitution was but 
a compact between the States whicl: might be dissolved 
by them at pleasure. Having exercised the right to with- 
draw from the Union, which, under their interpretation of 
the constitution, belonged to them, the Southern States saw 
no necessity for appealing to the arbitrament oT war. And 
when war came, it was not because they had invited or 
sought it, but because they had determined to maintain 
their position, which they believed had absolved them from 
all allegiance whatever to the United States. We contem- 
plated no war upon the States of the North, but hoped and 
believed that we would be allowed to set up a government 
for ourselves, and that the relations between the Confed- 
eracy which we established and the United States of Amer- 
ica would be such as should subsist between friendly nations. 
I need not attempt to describe with what valor and forti- 
tude and heroic endeavor the armies of the South main- 
tained themselves during four weary years of strife and 
bloodshed. We know, and all the world admits, that the 
magnificent leadership of our armies and the splendid cour- 
age of our soldiers have illustrated in the sublimest man- 
ner possible the martial spirit of the American people. The 
twenty-two hundred battles that were fought before our 
cause went down ; the twenty-six hundred thousand men 
who were needed to conquer us ; the pension roil of the 
government, which contains the names of nearly one million 
beneficiaries ; the beautiful cemeteries where rest the dead 
heroes of the Union armies ; the monuments of marble and 
bronze erected all over the land to perpetuate the names 
and fame of their great captains ; all these make up amemo- 
rial of the skill and prowess and unyielding courage of 
our people, such as the history of ifhe ages cannot parallel. 
The end came as might have been expected. Our resources 
were so limited in comparison with those of the Northern 
States that only persistence on their part was needed to 
bring defeat and disaster to the Southern cause. 

When it came we accepted the settlement as final and 
irrevocable, in so far as the further agitation or advocac}' 
of the right of secession was concerned. No matter what 
may have been the right or wrong of the contention in 1861, 
we have admitted since 1865 that the Union is indissoluble, 
and that the allegiance of all the people of this great re- 
public is due primarily and fully to the United States of 
America. But while admitting this, we do not and will 
never concede that the result of the great strife was a de- 
cision that our interpretation of the constitution was wrong. 
The force of arms may be such as to set a controversy at 
rest by precluding its further agitation, and that, as to 
the power of a State to secede, was undoubtedly terminated 


by the triumph of the Union armies, but truth is eternal 
and cannot be destroyed. 

My purpose has simply been to present in a brief and 
summary manner evidence that at the beginning of our 
g-overament State rights Vv^as commonly entertained, and 
that it was then in no sense sectional ; that it had not been 
contrived in secret or expressed in whispers ; but was openly 
and frankly advocated at all times and under all circum- 
stances. The judgm^ent of the impartial historian will never 
be that in standing for our interpretation of the constitu- 
tion, even to the extent of maintaining it by force of arms, 
we made ourselves rebels or traitors. 

When the present generation has passed away, and when 
calm and impartial inquiry is made into the cause which 
led up to it, I have an abiding faith that this stigma will 
be taken from our heroic and devoted people. No man can 
now be heard to impugn the loyalty of the South. There 
has never been a mom.ent of time since the surrender of 
Appomattox when there was the slightest ground for ques- 
tioning it. We knew, but for long it semed that others 
could not understand, that the result had been accepted by 
us as final and irrevocable. We knew that our destiny 
thenceforth was to be the same as that of our brethren of 
the North ; and we had no ambition left save to preserve 
our honor untarnished, to build up the waste places, to re- 
store law and order, to help to bind up the nation's wounds, 
and to contribute what we could to its greatness and gran- 
deur. We cherished no animosity against the brave men 
whose armies had been triumphant, and fondly indulged 
the hope that the rectitude of our purpose would be 
recognized. But this was not to be. 

The horrors of the Civil war were nothing, dreadful 
as they were, compared with those w^hich came upon us 
during the process of reconstruction. The right of fran- 
chise was conferred upon the negroes of the Southern States, 
who had no preparation for its exercise, and they easily be- 
came the victims of wicked and designing men who came 
down upon us to consume the little substance which had 
escaped the ravages of war. No good purpose would be 
subserved by enumierating the crimes which were com- 
mitted in the Southern States during that dread period, 
and that under the form of government. Let me say, how- 
ever, that they are not justly to be attributed to the negro. 
race. They were the work of bad white men who preyed 
upon the superstitions and ignorance of that race, and made 
it a scapegoat for their own wicked performance. It may 
be that under the pressure of our environments at that time 
some things were done by our people which had better been 
left undone, but when I reflect upon the enormity of our 
provocation, I realize that if it had not been for the pa- 


tience and fortitude displayed by the veterans of the Con- 
federate armies, which had come to them through their 
years of disciplines, there might, and probably would, have 
been such anarchy and bloodshed throughout the South as 
would have shocked the civilized world. We have before 
us the gravest social problems with which any people were 
ever confronted. If the negro belongs to the weaker race, 
so much the greater is the duty upon us of the white race, 
by the lessons of example, to prepare him for the proper 
discharge of the solemn duties of citizenship. 

We must not judge the negro too hastily or too harshly, 
nor expect him, without that preparation which can come 
only from the long exercise of those duties, to measure up 
to the standard which we set for ourselves. If they do 
not understand now, they will in time, that they can have 
no separate foundation for happiness and prosperity from 
that upon which we build our own; that we must live 
and struggle side by side, all doing their best to work out a 
just solution of the problems which confront us; and that 
this can never be accomplished in a way which would bring 
the best results, except by the steady and persistent cultiva- 
tion of peaceable and kindly relations. 

Let us esteem ourselves fortunate that we have survived 
long enough to witness the total banishment of those as- 
perities which so long existed between the different sections 
of our country. The mellowing influence of time has soft- 
ened and cleared the vision of us all. We now see things 
clearly where once we could not see at all. We now know 
that good people are the same everywhere; that no sec- 
tion has a monopoly of patriotism or virtue ; that our peo- 
ple, no matter whence they come, are flesh of one flesh 
and are inspired by the same lofty courage and noble pur- 

The chastening of the great war has but strengthened 
the American people for the work which this mighty na- 
tion must do through all the coming ages, for the advance- 
ment of civilization, and the uplifting of mankind. No hu- 
man perception is keen enough to foresee the greatness and 
splendor which will surely come to us if we will but be true 
to the fundamentals of the Declaration of Independence 
which constitute the basis of our institutions. It is given 
to us, in the providence of God, to solve the question, long 
pondered over and debated, as to whether the people are 
capable of governing themselves. If those whom we intrust 
with official power are honest and patriotic ; if they recog- 
nize that they are trustees charged with grave responsibili- 
ties, and that there can be no excess of devotion to public 
duty — the republic will stand. The solution of the problem 
rests with the people themselves, and they cannot be too 
vigilant and persistent in exacting from their public serv- 


ants that they shall measure up to the highest standard- 
of official life. We of the South cannot escape our just 
share of the responsibilities of the future, and we would 
not do so if we could. We are fast passing from under the 
cloud of suspicion and distrust which has so long cast 
its cruel shadow upon us. Southern men in the future may 
iustly aspire to the highest positions of public office and 

Let us so conduct ourselves that we may win anew the 
sympathetic confidence of all the people of this great re- 
public. Just pride in the splendid deeds of the Southern 
statesmen of the past should stimulate us to emulate their 
example. Prosperity and disorder cannot dwell together. 
We should, therefore, never grow weary in teaching this 
great and essential truth. If we would banish disorder, 
we must reverentially uphold the law. It is far better that 
wrongdoing should go un whipped of justice through the 
weakness of the law than that it should be punished through 
the strength of lawlessness. We must educate our children." 
Ignorance is the everlasting foe to progress, and we should 
make ceaseless war upon it, if we would secure for them 
a fair measure of the fruits of modern enlightenment. We 
must not forget that calm judgment and conservative ac- 
tion are the surest safeguards of peace and safety, for 
without them, we cannot expect a just observance of the 
rights and privileges of all. 

In conclusion let me remind you that, while contending 
for the purity of the motives which governed our efforts to 
separate ourselves from the Union in 1861, we must not fail 
to concede to those who differed from us the same loyal 
and elevated purpose which controlled our action. 

On public as well as private questions men have always 
differed, and always will differ. It was a sad misfortune 
that the controversies between the two sections were such 
that they could not be settled by peaceful methods. Like 
ourselves, our brethren of the North gave abundant evidence 
of the sincerity of their convictions by the boundless expen- 
diture of blood and treasure which they made to save th^^ 
Union. We harbor against them no feeling of animosity or 
resentment. The defeat which came to us was that of 
brave men, by brave men, and for it we reproach neither 
ourselves nor them. And now that it is all over I am sure 
that none of us would have it otherwise. 

The South is far happier, and will be far greater, than' 
it could have been if it had succeeded in separating its 
fortunes from those of the Northern States. Aside from 
the fact that the spirit of amity now diffuses its generous 
influence over the whole land, the Union greatly lessens 
the burdens of government, and enlarges the opportunities 
for the peaceful pursuits of private life. The flag of the na- 


tioji is ours. We take our place under its starry folds, and, 
whether for weal or woe, will follow and uphold it to the 
end. Let us now, standing by the grat^es of our sainted 
dead, pledge to these reunited States the same passionate 
devotion which the illustrious statesmen of the South in the 
early days gave with unstinted measure to the republic as 
it was establisheu by the fathers . 



"Bovina, Miss., May 12, 1900. 
"Mr. Editor: 

**Were there ever braver words fell from the lips of any 
American statesman for more than three-quarters of a 
century? Is there anywhere written in all the history of 
this country such noble sentiments, freighted with the 
highest purpose of truth and justice to mankind, and espe- 
cially of the whites and blacks of America? No man, let 
him be Democrat or Republican, black or white, who has 
ever said so much so rightly before. Gen. Catchings is 
the first statesman in this land who has said the every 
thing fully and truthfully. He is ripe with varied learn- 
ing and experience. He is able — particularly able. May 
he live long to bless the country with his knowledge, ex- 
perience and counsel. This is the clearest exposition yet 
given of the race problem. All future statesmen must fol- 
low in the wake which his intellect has made and his experi- 
ence has f^und to be true and impregnable. 

"A Colored Man." 

"House of Representatives, U. S. 
"Washington, D. C, March 2, 1891. 

"Hon. T. C. Catchings, 

"House of Representatives, 

"Dear Friend and Colleague: 

"The undersigned have been charged with the duty and 
afforded the pleasure of transmitting to you and to Hon. 
Lewis E. Payson, the accompanying cases of silver, as a 
testimonial of the regard of your fellow members of the 
House of Representatives in the Fifty-first Congress and of 
their appreciation of the valuable service rendered them by 
your most able presentation of their rights, constitutional 
and legal, in the case of the reimbursement of their em- 
bezzled salaries. 

"On behalf of our associates we beg your acceptance of 
these tokens of esteem, with the hope that in years to 



Vicksburpt, Mississippi 
(Taken in Washington, D. C, about 1886) 

€0me they may serve as pleasant reminders of those with 
whom you were associated here. 

"Sincerely yours, 

C. A. Boutelle, 
Benj. Butterworth, 


"Gen. T. C. Catchings, 

''A'^icksburg, Miss. 

"Dear General: 

'Columbus, Miss., Aug-. 22, 1908. 

"I have just returned from the mountains of North Caro- 
lina, where I met Mr. Wilcox, Division Counsel for the Sea- 
board Air Line, for South Carolina. In one of several con- 
versations with Mr. Wilcox, who staid at the same place 
that I did, he asked me if I knew T. C. Catchings of Missis- 
sippi, and when I told him of our friendship and relations 
in the law department of the railway, he seemed very much 
gratified to meet a man who knew you so well, and one 
who could repeat to you a remark made to him on his 
yacht, by Mr. Grover Cleveland, a few months before his 
death. He and Mr. Cleveland were speaking of the men 
of the South whose ability and character entitled them to 
the distinction of being called great men, by so great a 
man as Mr. Cleveland, and Mr. Cleveland said that T. C. 
Catchings of Mississippi was in his opinion the biggest man 
in the South in ability and character ; and that White of 
Louisiana and Turner of Georgia, were, in order named, the 
next greatest. 

It gave me such genuine pleasure to get this in ex ca- 
thedra way, that I hasten to repeat it to you with any 
endorsement, and with the comment that Mr. Wilcox also 
seemed gratified to be able to get this to you directly 
through me. 

"Affectionately your friend, 

"Z. P. Landrum. " 


of Mississippi 

"American Industries 

Gallery of Tariff Reform 

"Tariff reforms will not be settled until it is honestly 
and fairly settled in the interest and to the benefit of a 
patient and long-suffering people." — From President Cleve- 
land's letter to Mr. Catchings, Aug 27, 1894. Executive 

Being a zealous advocate for gold, Mr. Catchings declined 


to have his candidacy announced for re-election, when the 
poHcy for free silver swept over the country, and returned 
to Vicksburg and resumed his law practice. 

"As an indication of his relations with the Democratic 
Administration, it is only necessary to point to the fact 
that Mr. Cleveland made General Catchings the vehicle 
through which to present his last letter to the people." 
Copied from Industrial American. 

"The following very truthful and just tribute to General 
Catchings was written by Camp Clark, correspondent of the 
St. Louis Republic in his column on eminent men of today. 

"Few names appear in the papers more favorably as mem- 
bers, than that of Gen. T. C. Catchings of Vicksburg, Miss. 
His chief characteristics are courage, coolness, fidelity, in- 
dustry, affability, and persistency of purpose. He is a 
clear headed, clear visioned man. As a speaker he is strong, 
plain and unadorned. He is very helpful to young members. 
I am proud of his friendship. In the last Congress he 
was Chairman of the Committee on Levees, of the Commit- 
tee on Rivers and Harbors, and member of the Committee 
on Rules. In the last capacity he was speaker Crisp's 
right hand on the floor and the participant in many 
exciting performances. Nothing short of an earthquake 
would perturb him." The Greenville Times, Miss., April 
15, 1896. 

Twin sons of J. R. and N. C. Baird, born Oct. 22, 1868; 
one of the twins died Oct. 22nd and the other Oct. 23, 
1868, buried in the cemetery at Brandon, Miss., Dr. H. C. 
McLaurin's lot. 

352. Thomas Catchings Baird (350), b. in Sunflower Co., 
Miss., Aug. 4, 1872, d. March 8, 1916, interred in Friend- 
ship Cemetery, Columbus, Miss., by Rev. W. S. Slack, and 
from St. Paul s church. He was educated at home by his 
mother, then one year by a private tutor and a private gov- 
erness, also one year. Sept. 2, 1887, he entered the Vir- 
ginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., where he spent 
four years, graduating in June, 1891. He received the 
speakership medal. He studied law at Yale in the winter 
of 1891-1892, and took one year in medicine at Sewanee, 
Tenn., graduating from the Atlanta Medical College in 
1896. In 1898 he enlisted in the Ben Humphries Rifles, 
Greenwood, Miss., and remained with this company a 
month at Jackson, Miss., was then appointed second lieu- 
tenant Company D, Capt. Taylor, Fifth U. S. Inf., Colonel 
Sargeant's regiment. On leaving America for Cuba, he 
was detailed by Col. Sergeant as Assistant Surgeon, and 
was very expert in treating yellow fever and other diseases 
in Cuba. He was baptized and confirmed by Rt. Rev. W. M. 
Green, in 1881, in St. Paul's Church, Johnsonville, Miss. On 


Oct. 4, 1900, he married Miss Elvira Greenwood Terrell, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Terrell, Qiiincy, Miss., 
a tall, stately, handsome blonde. Rev. Arthur Price of St. 
Paul's Church, Aberdeen, Miss., performed the ceremony. 
An assembly of relatives, the elaborate decorations of 
flowers and evergreens, the delicious refreshments, music, 
etc., made this a most elegant home wedding. T. C. Baird 
and bride left for New York, where they spent a month, 
and visited other points of interest. 

The brightness of his intellect, and his literary acquire- 
ments were wonderful. He was lieutenant in the Corps Ca- 
dets while in the first class. He was a lovely, fascinating boy 
and man, binding others to him in lasting friendship, by his 
unexcelled charm of manner. His musical talents were 
unusual, with a rich, melodious voice, played "his own accom- 
paniments often upon the piano, and was skilled upon the 
guitar. A main attraction was his fine accomplishment 
as a reader, and others circled around him to listen to his 
exquisite rendition of select books. Dickens and Kipling 
were two of his favorite authors, and in reading he por- 
trayed the perfect accent of the different characters, thus 
adding to the interest of them. 

Much pleasure was derived by him, family and friends, 
by lovely trips upon the Sunflower River and lakes in his 
motorboat, and upon fishing excursions. He was also fond 
of hunting parties, for wild game. 

From infancy he was a pet of his grandfather Catchings, 
who delighted in his rare intellect and enjoyable compan- 
ionship as a child. They took long walks together, read 
each to the other and engaged in conversation upon varied 
subject. T. C. B. was also accomplished in the ball room 
and danced elegantly — a polished gentleman. "Requiescat 
in pace," dear one. 

Those who sang in the choir, at the funeral of Dr. T. C. 
Baird were Mrs. Anna Richards Woodward, Mrs. Wm. Brad- 
ley ; Mrs. Jos. Peacher, Miss Margarett Rhett ; Messrs. Davis 
Patty and Ira S. Gaston. The songs were "Lead Kindly 
Light," and "Nunc Dimitis." Organist was Mrs. Rosalie 
Rhett. The pallbearers were, Messrs. Wiley Banks, Reuben 
Banks, James Carr, Jr., Rupert Richards, Cary Cocke, Jack 
Morgan. Drs. Dean and Wm. Richards. The flower com- 
mittee were Misses Anna Banks, Winona Poindexter, Craw- 
ford and Mrs. Wm. E. Richards, Many elaborate and taste- 
fully arranged floral tributes were sent by friends and rela- 
tives. The casket and grave were so heaped with them, 
that several were placed upon the graves of his mother and 
little son, Thomas. Dr. T. C. Baird was of the Anglo-Saxon 
type, with fair skin, grey-blue eyes and auburn hair; curly 
"waves. His eyes had a merry, intelligent twinkle. 


"OBITUARY. MARCH 12, 1916 

"The funeral of Dr. Thomas Catchings Baird was held 
from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Thursday morning- at 
10:30 o'clock. 

"Dr. Baird, the eldest son of John R. Baird and Nancy 
Clendinen Catchings his, wife, was born August 4, 1872, in 
Sunflower Co. He was a man of unusual intellect and bril- 
liant accomplishments. Dr. Baird was a graduate of the 
Virginia Military Institute in 1891, and afterwards took a 
law course at Yale University. Later he took one year at 
the medical college of the University of the South, Sewanee, 
Tenn., and graduated with honors from the Atlanta Medical 
College, continuing in New York City in a post graduate 
course on the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat, was also an in- 
terne in a large hospital in New York, 

"Dr. Baird was an officer in the Spanish-American War, 
and served in the medical corps under Gen. Wood. After 
this war, he continued the practice of the medical profes- 
sion at Baird, Miss., his home. He was married to Miss 
Elvira Greenwood Terrell of Quincy, Miss., Oct. 4, 1900. 

He was esteemed and loved by all who knew him for 
his sterling integrity and charming personality. 

After a lingering illness, he died March 8, 1916. 

"His father, a brother, wife and three daughters survive 

"From The Commercial, Columbus, Miss." 





"Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me. 

Bless Thy little lamb tonight. 
Thro' the darkness, be thou near me. 

Watch my sleep till morning light. 

All this day, thy hand has led me. 

And I thank thee for thy care. 
Thou hast clothed me, fed and warmed me. 

Listen to my evening prayer. 

Let my sins be all forgiven, 

Bless the friends I love so well, 
Take me when I die to Heaven, 

Happy there with thee to dwell." 

353. James Catchings Baird (350), b. November 12, 1877, 
in his father's home. Sunflower County, Miss., on the site of 
J. C. Baird's present home, "Riverview." He was educated 
at Mrs. C. A. Lancaster's School. Oxford, Miss., having pre- 
viously gone one year to a governess, Miss Mattie Blount 


of Clinton, Miss., and to a private tutor, Mr. R. E. L. Tallis, 
of St. Joseph's, La. His brother, T. C. Baird, also was 
taught by these at the same time in a room in their parent's 
home, Johnsonville, Miss. 

J. C. Baird entered the private school of Mrs. C. A. Lan- 
caster in Oxford, Miss., in the fall of 1885, his mother 
boarding in the school with him, which was known as tha 
"Warren Academy." In 1888 and 1889 his aunt, Mrs. Tor- 
re3% boarded with him, also his grandmother, Mrs. Catch- 
ings. In 1890 he attended the .school in Greenville, Miss., 
of Mr. Bass, his mother boarding in the town with him.. 
The two succeeding years he spent at Mrs. Lancaster's 
school in Oxford. When 16 years of age he attended the 
University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, one year, 
and three years at the V. M. I.. Lexington, Va., gradu- 
ating June 26, 1897, as valedictorian of his class. He was 
president of the Dialectic Society and received the speaker- 
ship medal. During the same summer he took a course in 
bookkeeping at Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Was a tall, stout, mus- 
cular boy, and handsom.e, with pleasing address. He was 
baptized by Rt. Rev. W. M. Green in 1881 in St. Paul's 
church, Johnsonville, and confirmed by Rt. Rev. Hugh Miller 
Thompson, in 1890, in St. Peter's Church, Oxford, Miss. On 
July 30, 1902, he m. Miss Mary Elizabeth Long, daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Long, of Memphis, Tenn., in St. 
Mary's Cathedral. Bishop Thos. F. Gailor officiated, as- 
sisted by Rev. Chas. Craik Morris. After a reception and 
lovely refreshments at the residence, Mr, and Mrs. Baird 
left for a trip to New Orleans. She is a beautiful woman, 
full of life and ambitious. Her hair, eyes and complexion 
are indescribably lovely. He has since manhood been a. 
large, successful planter. Home, Baird, Miss. 

354. Dorothy Terrell Baird (352), b. at the home of her 
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Baird, at Baird, Miss. 

Dorothy Terrell Baird was confirmed in St. Paul's Church, 
Columbus, Miss., by Rt. Rev. T. D. Bratton, on April 15, 
1915. Was presented by Rev. Wm. S. Slack, the rector. 
She has held in the arms of her cousin, Miss Anna J. Long, 
v/hen baptized, and toyed with the gold watch chain around 
her cousin's neck, baptized by Rev. Chas. Hinton, rector of 
the Church of the Nativity, Greenwood, Miss., in the hom.3 
of her grandparents, at Baird, Feb., 1902. Sponsors, Mrs, 
Mary Long Baird, Mrs. Lilla Franklin Pratt, Miss Anita 
Ten-ell, and James Baird, Sr. She was educated at the 
Industrial Institute and College, Columbus, Miss., and 
Sophie Newcombe College, New Orleans, La., 1918-1919. 
Has a bright intellect and is literaiy ; a fine musician, a 
charming girl ; graduated from Sophie Newcombe, June 8» 


355. Nancy Clendinen Baird (352), b. at the home of her 
grandparents, Mr, and Mrs. J. R. Baird, Baird, Miss. She 
was baptized by Bishop T. D. Bratton in St. Pauls Chapel, 
Baird, Miss., Dec. 11, 1903. Sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. 0. W. 
Catchings and Miss Beverly Price. She was confirmed by 
Rt. Rev. T. D. Bratton, April 15, 1915, in St. Paul's Church, 
Columbus, Miss,, and was presented by Rev. Wm. S. Slack, 
the rector. She is very beautiful and popular; affectionate 
and demonstrative to friends and relatives. At her bap- 
,tism, when Bishop Bratton signed her with the sign of the 
cross she laid her head upon his shoulder. She and sister, 
when little girls, were expert horseback riders. Their 
grandfather Baird gave them a pony he called Orlando, after 
Mr. Crittendon, of Greenville, from whom he bought it. 
She graduated from Stephen D, Lee High School, Colum- 
bus, Miss., May 22, 1920 and entered the I. I. College that 
city the same year. Her mother's home is in Columbus. 

356. Thomas Catchings Baird, Jr. (352), b. Nov. 19, 1905, 
in the home of his parents, Baird, Miss., baptized by Arch- 
Deacon R. E. L. Craig in their home. Sponsors, his uncle 
Harry Terrell and his great-uncle Jos. B, Baird and wife. 
Sue E. Baird. He d. May 26, 1911, in the home of his 
grandparents, at Baird. Buried in Columbus, Miss., in the 
family lot, Friendship Cemetery. Pallbearers, J. W. Carr, 
Henry Sherrod, Leighton Lide and It^uben O. Banks. A 
few days before little Thomas died he gathered a handful 
of lilies and placed them on the table at his plate at supper. 
Since then we associate him with these beautiful flowers. 
He was over four feet in height and had a faultless figure, 
hands and feet. His grandmother Baird had begun to 
teach him to spell and read. He was remarkably quick 
and intelligent, full of affection and love for all. He bore 
himself like a little prince. 

The ladies of the choir who sang at the funeral of T. C. 
Baird, Jr., in St. Paul's Church, Columbus, Miss., were Miss 
Carolyn Hamilton and Mesdames Mayo and Annie Richards 
Woodward. Rev. Dr. W. E. Dakin conducted the services 
in the church and at the grave. Mr. Ed. Hopkins handed 
the first dirt to be thrown into the grave to Mr. Dakin. 
The ladies who adjusted the floral tributes upon the grave 
were Mrs. A. B. Woodward, Misses Beverly Price, Lyda 
Carr, Anna Banks and Augusta Sykes. After his death his 
father would sing one of his favorite songs, "Goodbye" 
when tears would roll down his cheeks. 

357. Anna Hamilton Baird (352), b. at the home of her 
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H, C, Terrell, West Point, Miss., 
baptized by Arch-deacon R. L. Craig in the parlor of her 
parents, in Baird, Miss. Sponsors, her great uncle, Wm. B. 
Hamilton ; cousins. Miss Lucy Young and Miss Anna J. 
Ifong. Her mind is wonderful and unusual in quick concep- 


tions and is remarkable in music. Having been born on 
"St. Patrick's Day, in the morning," her father often called 
her "Colleen Baun." She attends the schools in Columbus, 


358. John Rupert Baird, H (353), b. June 28, 1903, Sun- 
day, 9:39 A. M., at Riverview, Sunflower Co., his father's 
home, near Baird, Miss., and was baptized January 3, 1904, 
by Rt. Rev. Thomas F. Gailor, at the home of his grand- 
parents in Memphis, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Long. Sponsors, 
Capt. W. R. Dashiell, Gen. T. C. Catchings, Misses Susie 
and Anna J. Long. He was confirmed Jan. 25, 1916, by 
Rt. Rev. T. D. Bratton in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 
Indianola, Miss. ; was presented by Rev. Wm. D. Bratton, 
the rector, son of the Bishop. 

359. James Catchings Baird, Jr. (353), b. 9:15 A. M., 
Sept. 12, 1904, at Riverview, near Baird, the home of his 
parents, baptized by Archdeacon R. E, L. Craig, May 24, 
1905, in the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. 
Baird, Baird, Miss. Sponsors, A. Ham^ilton Long, Dr. and 
Mrs. T. C. Baird, Mrs. M. C. Torrey. He was confinned 
25th January, 1916, by Rt. Rev. T. D. Bratton, in St. 
Stephens Episcopal Church, Indianola, Miss. Presented by 
Rev. Wm. D. Bratton for confirmation. 

360. Henry Long Baird (353), b. at Riverview, the home 
of his parents, near Baird, Nov. 30, 1906 ; baptized by Rt. 
Rev. T. D. Bratton, at Riverview, Dec. 20, 1908. Sponsors, 
J. W. Eldridge, W. B. Hamilton, Misses Anita Terrell and 
Annie Baird. H. L. Baird was confirmed June 8, 1919, in 
St. Stephens Church, Indianola, by Rt. Rev. Wm. M. Green, 
and was presented by Rev. L. H, G. Williams, the rector. 
Henry won the gold medal at a manual of arms contest at 
the Greenville Military Academy in 1918. An army officer 
drilled the students. In 1919 he was line sergeant at Cul- 
ver Military Academy and graduated as a Woodcrafter, 
after receiving all medals. In the autumn of 1919, he was 
left guide for Co. B. at the G. M. Academy, Greenville, 

J. R. Baird, J. C. Baird and H. L. Baird were educated 
by governesses at home for five years before entering the 
Greenville Military Academy, Sept., 1915, and have attended 
the summer school at Culver, Indiana, beginning in 1916, 
as Woodcrafters. In 1918, J. R. Baird went into the Cav- 
alry there. In 1919 he rode as bugler, just behind the 
officers at dress parade, graduated May 28, 1920, G. M. A. 

J. C. Baird also graduated as a Woodcrafter at Culver in 
1919, and was top sergeant. At the G. M. A., in Greenville, 
Miss., Sept., 1919, he was made second lieutenant of Co. A. 
In 1918, J. C. Baird was editor of the Tiro, a paper pub- 
lished by the students, and was vice-president of his class 


at G. M. A. ; is president of his class in 1919. Valedictorian, 
May 28, 1920, G. M. A. 

In 1910 J. R. Baird was captain of Co. B. at G. M. A. ; is 
an expert on the football team. Mrs. Emily Love Jones, of 
Memphis, Tenn., was their first governess and for three 
years. Miss Irene Holloway, of Oxford, succeeded her for 
two years, and Miss Dorothy Nield, of Vicksburg, for one 

J. R., J. C, and H. L. Baird were at Culver, 1920, the fifth 
summer. J. R. Baird was 2nd Lt. Cavalry, J. C. Baird was 
in the artillery, and Henry was Quarterm.aster Sergeant as a 
Woodcrafter. Sept., 1920, J. R. and J. C. Baird entered 
the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., and Henry 
entered "Baylor's School," Chattanooga, Tenn., military. 
Made an Eagle Scout, 1921. Dr. Baylor is a Virginian and 
a graduate from the University of Virginia. 

Winners of Medals and Honors 

Page 20. "Jno. Rupert Baird, winn&f^ of 125 to 135 lbs. 
class wrestling." Was made corporal June, 1921, of the 
fourth class of V. M. I. 

Page 28. "James Catchings Baird, distinguished cadet." 

"Aunt Hester,'* a greatly honored and revered servant 
of their mother's family, was their nurse and "black 
mammy" (and of the Long family) faithful and true 'till her 
death in Boston, Mass., where she was nurse for the chil- 
dren of Mrs. Maj. Gen. B. B. Buck (nee Susie A. Long, sister 
of Mrs. J. C. Baird.) She was interred in Memphis, Tenn., 
with all of the family of Mr. Long present at the burial. 

"Riverview," the home of the boys' parents, is on the 
Sunflower River, and they enjoy boating, swimming and 
fishing; also hunting, ball playing, etc. Rupert's pony 
"Peter Pan" was given him by his grandfather Baird. 

361. Thomas Catchings, Jr. (351), b. March 6, 1871, in 
Raymond, Miss., in the home of his grandparents, Mr. and 
Mrs. Oliver Shearer, d. July 28, 1898, at Pablo Beach, 20 
miles from Jacksonville, Florida, to which resort he had 
gone on a sick leave. He ranked as Captain on General A. S. 
Burt's staff in the Spanish-American war, ana was chief 
of commissaries, acting as paymaster. A military escort 
followed his remains to the train and in the procession his 
horse was led. He is interred in the city cemetery of Vicks- 
burg. Services were conducted in Holy Trinity (Church and 
at the grave by Rev. Dr. Henry Sansom. The church choir 
sang "Lead, Kindly Light," and "Abide With Me." The 
pall-bearers were, his playmates when a child, Percy Cowan, 
E. C. Carroll, Jr., W. A. Luckett, Alex. Fitzhugh, Harris 
Dickson, L. M. Nicholson, Walton Floweree and A. G. Rus- 


sell. The casket and grave were covered with lovely floral 
tributes from friends. Amidst these lay his sword, belt, 
cap and spurs, all that remained to remind loved ones of 
his late occupation. He was educated at Bellevue High 
School, near Lynchburg, Va., Rev. Dr. Abbott, principal ; St. 
John's Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Va., and at the 
University of Virginia. He studied law, but was for several 
years v.'ith the U.S. Geological Survey, in the different 
States. He was universally informed and read German and 
French as readily as English. He was baptized in St. Luke's 
Episcopal Church, Brandon, Miss., by Rev. Duncan C. 
Green, in 1871, son of Rt. Rev. Wm. M. Green. His disposi- 
tion was affectionate and generous. Physically he was very 
handsome. Grief-stricken hearts mourned his early death. 
His brigade was in Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's Seventh Army 


"* * * Capt. T. C. Catchings of the staff of Gen. A. S. Burt, 
Commanding the First Division, died at Pablo Beach yevS- 
terday morning after an illness of two weeks. * * * The 
remains will be sent this morning to his former home at 
Vicksburg, Miss. Captain Catchings was appointed chief 
commissary on General Burt's staff from civil life. He was 
a great favorite among his fellow officers, who deeply de- 
plore his untimely death." 

1898. FRIDAY 
" * * * The remains of Capt. T. C. Catchings, chief quar- 
termaster on General Burt's staff, and of the First Brigade, 
who died at Pablo Beach yesterday morning, were shipped 
to Vicksburg, Miss., this morning at 7 :30 o'clock. The body 
Avas escorted to the depot by General Burt and his staff, 
who were m.ounted, and also by Company F, Second Illinois 
Regt. The dead officer's horse was led in the procession 
and the scene was a very touching one. Hon. T. C. Catch- 
ings, father of the deceased, arrived in the city yesterday, 
shortly after his son's death and accompanied thv remains 
to Vicksburg, today." 

"* * * T. C. Catchings was among the first who responded 
to his country's call. His death while awaiting for active 
service was not less glorious than that of the soldier who 
died on the batlefield. * * * We honor his memory." 

"The many friends of Hon. T. C. Catchings in this vicinity 
greatly sympathize with him in the loss of his son, the gal- 
lant Captain T. C. Catchings. The father is now serving 


his country in the halls of Congress and the son died that 
noblest of all deaths, as a soldier in the service of his coun- 

"Capt. T. C. Catchings was quite sick more than a month 
ago, but had recovered and returned to his duty. Still weak, 
certain services under the hot sun overtaxed his strength 
and brought on a return of illness. He obtained a short 
sick leave, and went to a quiet resort 20 miles from Jack- 
sonville, Fla., ten days before his death. During this period 
his letters to his father and mother gave no occasion what- 
ever for apprehension. Sergeant McKnight, an experienced 
physician was with Capt. Catchings during his entire ill- 
ness. He was attended and prescribed for before leaving 
camp by Surgeon Lee, of Gen. Lee's staff, a classmate at 
the University of Va. of Mr. Oliver Catchings, brother of 
Capt. Catchings, and a grandson of Gen. R. E. Lee. There 
was with him also his official clerk and friend, Mr. Willis 
Bolls. Excellent attention and the tone of letters from 
himself and Mr. Bolls, prevented his father and mother 
from alarm or concern. Mrs. Catchings, his mother, was 
at Narragansett Pier for her health when the sorrowful 
news reached her. 

"Mr. Catchings, who left here on Tuesday last, arrived 
at Jacksonville on Wednesday night. He expected to meet 
his son there, as his leave expired on that day. Meeting 
Gen. Lee the next morning he told him of the object of 
his visit, and that he would ask an extension of his son's 
leave. After receiving the kindest assurances on this point, 
Mr. Catchings went to get a carriage to drive out to camp, 
before train time for the place where his son was sick. Gen. 
Lee, having heard in the meantime that he had died, over- 
took Mr. Catchings, and prepared him for the worst. Upon 
reaching the headquarters of Gen. Burt, to whose military 
family Capt. Catchings belonged, his father learned that he 
had died that morning. The General ar«l his staff accom- 
panied him to the place of his son's death, rendering all 
the assistance and comfort that sympathy and the fondest 
regard for their companion could suggest. They, with a 
number of the officers of the Second Mississippi, and a detail 
of 150 men, formed a guard of honor to the train, when Mr. 
Catchings started on his journey home with all that was 
mortal of his deceased son. 

On the last morning of his life, Capt. Catchings was so 
well that his friend and attendant, Mr. Bolls, had no hesi- 
tancy in leaving him to go to Jacksonville for the day. Vis- 
iting him shortly after 8 A. M., Dr. McKnight found his 
patient doing well and cheerful. Giving him a glass of wa- 
ter, there was a gasping sound, and then death from heart 
failure, which came suddenly and unheralded." 


" * * * Few families have experienced a more severe af- 
fliction than that which befell General Catchings and his 
wife in the comparatively sudden and almost entirely unex- 
pected death of their oldest son, who was an admirable 
young man, full of high hopes and worthy ambition and 
with a bright future before him. * * * The bell at the Court 
House and those of several engine houses were solemnly 
tolled in respect to the deceased young man, * * *Mrs. Catch- 
ings, mother of the deceased and her son, Oliver, arrived 
on the A. & V. train in time for the funeral. Mrs. Torrey 
of Sunflower Co., a sister of Gen. Catchings; Mrs. James 
Baird and Lieutenant Catchings Baird of the 5th U. S. Vol- 
unteers were also in attendance. 

"The Vicksburg Evening Post, Aug. 1, 1898." 
"The Bolivar Democrat, Miss.," "The Clarion-Ledger, 
Jackson, Miss.," "The Delta Flag, of Greenwood, Miss.," 
"The Washington Post of Washington, D. C," "The Bos- 
ton, Mass.," and other northern papers ; "The Daily Dem.o- 
crat, Natchez, Miss.," "The Vicksburg Dispatch," "The 
Greenville Times," and others gave beautiful notices of 
sympathy in the death of Capt. T. C. Catchings. He was 
apointed by President McKinley as paymaster with the rank 
of Captain and assigned to duty under Gen. Fitzhugh Lee 
at Jacksonville, Fla." 

T. C. Catchings, Jr., was a perfect blonde, with fair com- 
plexion, strong, intellectual gray eyes and auburn hair. He 
was a very beautiful child, with long curls. At three, these 
were cut. When the nurse took him to walk, he exclaimed 
to those he met, "I am three years old today," and pointed 
to his short hair as an indication of this advanced age ; had 
a host of friends always. 

362. Oliver Whitehead Catchings (351), b. in Vicksburg, 
Miss., Sept. 20, 1872, d. June 14, 1916, interred in city cem- 
etery, Vicksburg. Rev. Dr. Johns, of Holy Trinity Church, 
officiated in the church and at the grave. He was educated 
in the public schools, Washington, D. C, St. Johns Episco- 
pal High School, Alexandria, Va., and the University of 
Virginia. He was captain of the football team at the Uni- 
versity, an honor then valued by the students. He gradu- 
ated in law from the University, and practiced his profes- 
sion first in Washington, D. C, and afterwards in Vicksburg, 
with his father. He was baptized in infancy in Vicksburg 
by Bishop Adams and was confirmed in Alexandria, while 
a student there. When about four years of age. Judge 
Wiley P. Harris of Jackson, Miss., laid his bands upon the 
head of 0. W. Catchings and remarked "This boy will make 
a great man." He married on April 28, 1898, Miss Gray- 
son Maupin Wendling, in the home of her parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. Geo. R. Wendling, Washington, D. C., ceremony by 
Bishop Adams, of Easton, Md. Bishop Adams was assisted 


by Rev. Dr. Aspinwall, of St. Thomas' Church. Dr. Wm. P. 
Tucker was best man. The ushers were Dr. Robert French 
Mason, Dr. Louis Green, of Washington, Chas. Matthew, of 
West Virginia, and Murry Dill, of Richmond, Va., at their 

They took a bridal trip north. He was six feet tall and 
handsome; a blonde with rich auburn hair; had a strong 
mind and character and was highly educated. In 1900 he 
opened an office in Vicksburg with his father. He was 
appointed Circuit Judge in 1905, but resigned after one 
year's service. Mrs. O. W. Catchings is tall, very straight, 
with a beautiful face, hair, eyes, and teeth and is unusually 
intellectual ; very elegant, and has many close, devoted 

363. Their daughter, Josephine Elizabeth Catchings 
(362), b. at Maplehurst, Charlestown, West Virginia, the 
summer home of her maternal grandparents, Mr. and 
Mrs. G. R. Wendling; was baptized in infancy by Rev. Dr. 
Newell Logan, in Holy Trinity Church, Vicksburg. She 
smiled and patted his cheeks after he baptized her and 
kissed him. Educated in the private school of Miss Laura 
Raworth, Vicksburg; received a medal each year — was 
taught at night by her grandfather Catchings. She gradu- 
ated from All Saints College, Vicksburg, Miss., the Na- 
tional Cathedral School, Mt. Albans, in Washington, D. C, 
and Sweet'briar College, Va. She is exceedingly hand- 
some and popular, and is the idol of the family, specially 
her grandfather Catchings. She adheres to her baby name 
of "Bompoo" for him, and "Wanee" for her grandmother. 


By the Vicksburg Bar Association 

After a comparatively brief career, O. W. Catchings has 
yielded to the inevitable and passed away. He died at the 
age of forty-four, held in universal respect and esteem, both 
as a lawyer and a citizen. He was a native of Vicksburg, a 
graduate both in the literary and law departments of the 
University of Virginia. Residing in Washington City for a 
short period after completing his education, he returned at 
an early date to his native state and city to practice his pro- 
fession, and for many years he was a leader of the bar and 
an ornament to his profession. He was not only a splendid 
lawyer, at all times living up to the ethics of his profession, 
but he was a manly man, inherently honest, and always 
displayed the courage of his convictions. A descendant 
from a long line of highly cultivated ancestors, his extensive 
information was acquired from a gentle parentage, by early 
environment and diligent application under favorable oppor- 
tunities. He was a forceful advocate, a painstaking, zeai- 


ous counsellor and a resourceful lawyer. As a judge he 
was conscientious, just, learned and brave. 

He never sought political preferment, but always took 
that unselfish, active part in the affairs and politics of his 
State and country that was natural and right for a good 

The Bar Association of Vicksburg esteems it a special 
privilege to offer for record this modest estimate of a most 
excellent citizen, lawyer and judge. 

Resolved, That this tribute of the Bar to the memory of 
O. W. Catchings be presented to the Circuit Court, with 
the request to His Honor, that it be placed on the minutes 
of the court as an enduring memorial to the distinguished 

R. L. McLaurin, 
John Brunini, 
M. D. Landau, 



"Oliver Whitehead Catchings, aged 43 years, former Cir- 
cuit judge of this State, and one of the most prominent at- 
torneys of the Mississippi bar, died last night, at 11:30 
o'clock at Johns Hopkins hospital, Baltimore. His wife and 
father were with him when he died. The faneral will 
take place Sunday afternoon from the family residence on 
Chamber's Street. Services will be held at Holy Trinity 

"Deceased had suffered with heart trouble. A few weeks 
ago, accompanied by his wife and Dr. D. P. Street, he went 
to Baltimore, where experts might ascertain the nature of 
his maladies. Judge Catchings is survived by his father 
and mother. His father is Gen. T. C. Catchings, distin- 
guished citizen, who for many years represented this dis- 
trict as congressman. Besides he leaves a wife, who was 
Miss. Grayson M. Wendling, of Washington, D. C, a daugh- 
ter of the distinguished scholar and lecturer, George R. 
Wendling; a daughter. Miss Josephine, of this city, is also 
left by Judge Catchings, The deceased gentleman was a 
member of the well known and prominent firm of Catchings 
and Catchings of Vicksburg. He was born in Hinds Co., 
Miss., Sept. 20, 1872. He received most liberal educational 
advantages, having gone to the local schools here as a boy, 
and subsequently entering the Episcopal High School, Alex- 
andria, Va., and then the University of Virginia, where he 
took a degree in the academic course, and later studied law 
and received his diploma. While attending college he was a 
popular student, and led both in his studies and in athletics, 
and literary attainments. He had been captain of the col- 
lege football team, editor of the "College Topics," a weekly 
college publication, and editor of "The Annual." At col- 


lege, he joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and become a 
member of Eh, a famous college organization. After finish- 
ing his law course in 1893, he was for five years engaged 
in the practice of his profession in Washington, his father 
having been a member of Congress at the time, and since 
then the father and son had been associated in a representa- 
tive practice in Vicksburg. In 1895 the young attorney was 
appointed as judge of the ninth judicial district of the 
state, comprising the counties of Warren, Claiborne, Issa- 
quena, and Sharkey, and his service on the bench was 
marked by wisdom and discrimination, and by a manifesta- 
tion of the broad and comprehensive knowledge of law and 
precedent, his ruling being invariably fair and impartial. 
After he had served as judge a brief while, however. Judge 
Catchings realized that he could not afford to make the sac- 
rifices which the position entailed, and he tendered his res- 
ignation. Catchings and Catchings were State counsel for 
the Southern Railroad, and they represented the Merchants 
National Bank, the Vicksburg Cotton Exchange, Planters 
Compress and other notable clients. On April 28, 1897, 
Judge Catchings was married, and he and wife lived most 
happily. Judge Cacthings early during his residence in 
Vicksburg gained a reputation as a fighter of ability in any 
just cause, and he was one of the prime factors in the nota- 
ble campaign waged by the reform ticket over ten years ago, 
which resulted in sweeping the entire old board of mayor 
and aldermen from office. He added further to his reputa- 
tion by his remarkably tenacious fight against the Vicks- 
burg Waterworks Company, which after years of litigation, 
v/as decided in favor of the city, for which Judge Catchings 
was one of the leading counsel. In his dealings with his 
fellowmen. Judge Catchings was unassuming. Simplicity 
was his keynote. One of his great talents consisted in re- 
ducing to the simplest and plainest terms the most abstruse 
legal problem. This simplicity helped him remarkably in 
his addresses, no matter what the subject in hand. He was 
an Episcopalian, a devoted son, husband and father, and 
his passing will be mourned by the entire city. 

The Vicksburg Evening Post, June 15, 1916." 

"The community is shocked by the death of Hon. Oliver 
Catchings, who had a brilliant career and was the only son 
and law partner of Gen. T. C. Catchings. 

**Hon. Oliver W. Catchings, only surviving son of General 
and Mrs. T. C. Catchings, and one of the leading and most 
distinguished young attorneys in the State, died in Baltimore 
on the 14th inst., at the Johns Hopkins hospital, where he 
was carried for treatment the early part of last week, ac- 
companied by his wife, and Dr. D, P. Street of this city, 
and later joined by his father. While this deplorable and 
distressing news had been anticipated for several days, due 


to the extremely critical condition of Mr. Catchings' health, 
subsequent to his failing condition for several months, still 
none the less was the final announcement received here by 
his wide circle of friends with deepest sorrow. A career 
filled with great promise in his chosen profession of law, 
for which he was most eminently equipped by study at the 
University of Virginia — where he won highest honors in the 
literary and law courses — and later through his constant 
reading and association as law partner with his distin- 
guished father, Gen. T. C. Catchings, is thus ended in the 
43rd year of his age. He leaves endearing memories of love 
to his grief stricken family — father, mother, wife and daugh- 
ter — who have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends in 
their irreparable loss and sorrow. Truly and with most 
significant feeling is the comment often heard, that in the 
death of this most highly esteemed citizen the city of his 
residence has lost a most valuable asset. The funeral will 
take place Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock. The following 
gentlemen have been selected as pall bearers : 

"Active: Will Luckett, Dr. Askew, Percy Cowan, J. B. 
Cowan, T. W. McCoy, S. B. Wilson, Alex Fitzhugh, Lucien 

"Honorary: W. S. Jones, C. 0. Willis, S. C. Ragan, E. M. 
Durham, P. M. Harding, C. G. Wright." 


"In the death of Judge Catchings the community in which 
he lived has sustained a loss which cannot be estimated. 
Though cut down before attaining the noon tide of life, his 
great value as a citizen had for many years been recognized. 
What he had already done for the public welfare speaks 
for itself; and that his usefulness would have been con- 
tinued and increased m_ay with certainty be assumed. He 
was a man who was noted among those who knew him best 
for the moral quality known as character. The law of his 
being was fidelity to principles he held — ni all the relations 
of life he set a high standard, and his unwavering rule of 
conduct was to live up to it. He possessed in a high de- 
gree, the personal sense of honor, and in his case this sense 
was sharpened and strengthened by the influence of inher- 
ited traditions. To paraphrase well known words, he was 
"dowered with the honor of honor." When, to the posses- 
sion of such characteristics was joined a keen and masterly 
intellect, and an active and vivid interest in life and its af- 
fairs, the full worth and future promise of a man so gifted 
can not be measured in words. 

"The only official position the deceased ever held was as 
Judge of this Circuit district ; a position he resigned to the 
universal regi^et of the bar and the public. In discharging 
the duties of this office he displayed the rare blending and 
equipoise of high intellectual gifts and moral guidance that 


iTjake the perfect judge. In his brief period of service the 
office was raised to the high traditions of the Mississippi 
bench of the olden days. Of his standing professionally, as 
counsellor and advocate, he stood with the highest of this, 
or any bar. Judge Catchings made small drafts on oratory 
— with his unexcelled force and lucidity in statement of 
facts and application of legal principles, he needed no artifi- 
cial equipment. Above all other qualities stood out his ab- 
solute intellectual and moral integrity — a never failing cour- 
age of conviction. 

"Few men, in the comparatively short span of life allotted 
to him, have left behind juster cause for, or more universally 
voiced, regret and sense of public loss. The most saddening 
reflection upon his death is that Judge Catchings has been 
cut down by 'fell death's untimely frost' — taken from fam- 
ily and friends and fellow citizens before reaching the full- 
ness of lifes' fruition. And when he might naturally have 
been expected through many years to come to attain height 
after height of honor and usefulness in his profession, and 
in whatever pathway of public life he might have chosen to 
follow. The loss his father has sustained of a law partner, 
who was also son and bosom companion, we shrink from 
gauging. With literal truth may the couplet of a great 
poet, addressed to a like public loss, bs applied to Oliver W. 
Catchings : 

" 'He ne'er knew joy but friendship might divide, 
Or gave his father grief but when he died.' 

The Vicksburg Weekly Herald, June 23, 1916." 





"The TimeS'Democrat, Vicksburg. June 19, 1916 

"Science and skill have been baffled in a brave fight, and 
ininds have been racked, seeking the restoration to health 
of one of Vicksburg's finest and most straightforward citi- 
zens, Judge 0. W. Catchings, but the great God wanted him 
and on Thursday last at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, the 
soul of a great man returned to his Maker; a man of bril- 
liant intellect, keen insight, extraordinary knowledge of law 
and the sciences, gentle, forceful and wise. In hi? death the 
profession has lost a peer and his family a noble loved one. 

"Associated for years with his venerable father. Gen. 
T. C. Catchings, the tie of love and comradeship has 
strengthened as the years rolled by until the realization of a 
separation must have been a courageous effort for resigna- 
tion to the Divine will. He who gave, has taken: undoubt- 
edly for some divine purpose, and to the honored father and 
"mother, wife and daughter of Judge 0. W. Catchings are 


extended the universal sympathy of the ardent admirers 
and friends of their loved one. 

The name of Ollie Catchings shall ever stand forward in 
the history of Vicksburg, and to the youth of our city seek- 
ing renown along the channels of law his achievements shall 
stand forth a shining example. 


364. Mary E. Catching (268), b. Dec. 27, 1846, d. July 
13, 1853. 

365. Benj. S. Catching (268), b. May 21, 1849, d. May 
2, 1850. 

365-a. Seymour Catching (268), b. 1851, m. Ada Mar- 
shall. He died June 5, 1911. Children: Emma May, 
Ruby, Joseph, Angelina and Robert. 

366. John Catching (268), b. March 26, 1855, lives at 
Somerset, Ky. (in 1912), m. Miss Maggie Duffy; children 
John and Nora. 

367. SalHe Catching (268), m. Robt. M. Carruth, Sept., 
1893. Children: Mabel, Norma and Leighton. 

368. Florence Catching (268), b. Nov. 2, 1850, m. T. 
Frank Causey. Children: Wm. Malcolm, Sallie May, Hugh 
Frank, Ivy, Chas. Earl and Robt. Howard. 

369. Chas. Catching (268), b. 1841, killed in the battle 
of Shiloh. 

370. Jos. Love Catching (268), b. Dec. 31, 1843, killed 
in the batle of Shiloh. They fought and fell side by side,. 
April 6, 1862. 

371. Silas Catching (268), m. Jennie Lilly. Children: 
Leona, Silas, Mabel and Willard. 

372. Wm. Catching (268), b. Aug. 3, 1863, lives in Mc- 
Comb City, Miss., m. Winnie Nail, April 24, 1884. Children : 
Blanch, Nail, Bessie, Gauce, Donald and Sadie. 


373. Martha Dickerson Love (269), b. May 2, 1819, d. 
Dec, 1901. She married Elbert H. Allen, a cotton planter 
on Copiah Creek, Miss. All through this country there are 
beautiful springs bubbling up. Copiah Creek was exceed- 
ingly lovely and the children in the neighborhood learned 
great expertness in swimming and diving. Mrs. Allen was 
a brainy, intelligent woman] 

374. Harriet E. Love (269), b. Feb. 18, 1828, in Pike 
Co., Miss., educated in Jackson, Miss. She was superior in 
every way, devoted to church and family, self sacrificing 
and a model Christian. After her husband's death, in 1880, 
she lived in Dallas, Texas, near her sons, and with her son, 
Robert, in Vicksburg, at whose home she died, Jan. 17, 1918. 
She married Dr. Hugh C. McLaurin, of Mississippi, but a 


native of South Carolina, Dec. 16, 1845, an eminent and 
successful physician in Brandon, Miss. Before the Civil 
War he was a cotton planter in Simpson Co., and in Hinds 
Co. A pious Christian gentleman in every sense; noble in 
purposes and aims. 


Daniel McLaurin, b. in Argyleshire, Scotland, Aug. 14th, 
1766; came to U. S. in 1797; settled in Marlborough Dis- 
trict, South Carolina. There he married his cousin, Nancy 
Calhoun. They came to Mississippi when Dr. H. C. Mc- 
Laurin was four years old; and settled in Wayne County; 
afterwards moving to Simpson County, where Daniel Mc- 
Laurin died, June 22, 1845. Nancy Calhoun McLaurin died 
in Wayne County. 

Their son, Hugh C. McLaurin, b. Sept. 30, 1813, in Marl- 
borough District, S. C, d. in Brandon, Miss., July 13, 1880. 
375. Wilham Catchings Love (269), b. Feb. 25, 1826, 
Madison, Co., Miss., d. 1897. He lived on his plantation near 
Canton, and before the Civil War was quite wealthy, studied 
law, but never practiced. Was all through life a studious 
reader, and was well informed on most subjects, married 
Miss Mary Ann Quinn, of Holmesville, who graduaed from 
the Institute, Columbia, Tenn., in 1845. She was very beau- 
tiful. "Mary Ann Quinn (Mrs. Wm. Love) and Miss Court- 
ney Quinn (Mrs. Dr. Carter) were the beauties of Pike Co. 
Mary Ann Quinn was selected above all others to present 
the banner to the Sons of Temperance. My father, Silas M. 
Catchings, in his carriage, drawn by two white horses, was 
in the parade. This when I was a small child. M. C. 
Hemingway, Kosciusko, Miss., May 12, 1914." 

376. Joseph F. Love (269), native of Madison Co., Miss., 
was devoted to hunting and fishing ; a cotton planter, m. Miss 
Hulda Devine, Madison Co. He was b. Apr. 24, 1830, d. 
Sept. 15, 1892. 

377. Thos. J. Love (269), native of Madison Co., Miss., 
and a cotton planter, m. Miss Annie Baldwin, Madison Co., 
first wife. After the death of his first wife, he m. Mrs. 
McFarland, a widow, sister of his first wife. He was b. 
July 24, 1832, d. Nov. 5, 1912. 

378. Rosa Love (269), deceased, was b. in Madison Co. 
and was noted for wit and varied musical accomplishments, 
was very widely admired and a reigning belle, m. her cousin, 
Philip S. Catching. No children. She was b. June 16, 
18— (?), d. Mch. 11, 1873. 


379. Seymour Rankin Allen (373), b. Nov. 13, 1836, d. in 
Georgetown, Miss. He was a Lieutenant in the Confederate 
Cavalry. Never married. 


380. Robert Quitman Allen (373), b. Jan. 10, 1839. m. his 
cousin Nannie Catching, July 2, 1874. He was a Lieuten- 
ant in the Confederate Army; d. Mch. 1, 1914, Jackson, Miss. 

381. Bettie Allen (373), d. young. 

382. Barnabas Franklin Allen (373), b. Nov. 13, 1843, 
servT^ed four years in the Confederate Army, d. in George- 
town, Miss. 

383. Salhe Allen (373), died young. 

384. Chas. E. Allen (373), b. July 19, 1845. m. Dec. 12, 
1876, Myra Siebe. After her death he m. Julia Siebe. He 
d. near Crj^stal Springs, Copiah Co., Miss. 

385. Rosa Love Allen (373). b. Aug. 3, 1853. 

386. Mattie Love Allen (373), b. July 28, 1855. 

387. Annie Love Allen (373), b. Mch. 24, 1861, d. 1918. 

388. Harriet Allen (373), b. Mch. 5, 1851. m. Dec. 17, 
1873, her cousin Dr. Philip Catching (170)^ eldest son of 
Dr. J. B. Catching (169) and Martha Bridges. She and her 
husband both dead. 



389. Hugh Love Catching (388), m. Martha (Mattie) 
Bridges. 3 children: Philip Marshall, Blair and Angela. 

390. Dr. Walter Wilroy Catching (388), m. Margaret 
Madel Jacobs. 5 children: Ann, Margaret, Martha, Isabel, 
Wilroy and an infant, deceased. 

391. Phillip Marshall Catching, Jr. Unmarried. 

392. Mary Kate Catching (388). 

392-a. Elbert Allen Catching (388), m. Isla Teat; chil^ 
dren, James Wilroy and Thomas. ■ 



393. Daniel McLaurin (374), d. in infancy. 

394. Sallie Catching McLaurin (374), b. in Simpson Co., 
Miss., Feb. 12, 1848, a graduate from the Brandon Female 
Academy, is M. T. D. of New York School of Design and 
taught literature and art in Shelbyville, Ky. Female Insti- 
tute and was Mistress of Fine Arts at the Industrial Insti- 
tute and College for Girls, Columbus, Miss., and Secretary 
of the Faculty. She is a thorough mathematician and lin- 
gust. She lived in Dallas, Texas, with her mother 'till 
the latter's death. 

395. Nannie Calhoun McLaurin (374), b. in Simpson Co., 
Miss., Oct. 9, 1850, d. in Brandon, Miss., Nov. 6, 1866. She 
is buried in the Brandon cemetery in family lot. Was edu- 
cated in the Brandon Female Academy and was refined and 

396. Louella McLaurin (374), b. in Simpson Co., Miss., 
Aug. 16, 1856, graduated from the Brandon Female Acad- 
emj^ Miss., Miss Frank Johnson, principal. Was accom- 


plishecl, handsome and stylish. Died in New York City, May 
25, 1888, where she went for her health. Buried in Bran- 
don, Miss. 

397. Judge Lauchlin McLaurin (374), b. in Simpson Co., 
Miss., Jan. 18, 1854, graduated from the University of the 
State, and studied law under Judge Mayers, of Brandon, 
Miss. Was for several years a partner of Judge Thrasher, 
of Port Gibson, Miss, Was appointed judge by Gov. Rob- 
ert Lowery ; declined the solicitation of friends to run for 
Congress. Before removing to Dallas, Texas, he m. Miss 
Ida Stevens, of Brandon, a brilliant literary girl. She is 
a niece of Col. Jos. Jayne, of Brandon (Confederate officer 
and banker). Her brother was a West Pointer and has 
risen to a high office. She graduated with honor from the 
Brandon Female Academy. Their little girl, Jean, d. in 
infancy in 1882 and an infant son later. She is a zealous 
student of Shakespeare. Judge L. McLaurin accepted a 
professorship in the University, Austin, Texas, several 
years prior to 1909. 

"Judge Lauchlin McLaurin, d. Dec. 21, 1920, in Austin, 
Tex. He came to Port Gibson as a young man from Bran- 
don, Miss., in 1876, and formed a law partnership with Hon. 
J. McMartin. They enjoyed a lucrative practice till Judge 
McLaurin was appointed chancellor by Gov. Robt. Lowry; 
served with distinction. In 1891 he resigned and removed 
to Dallas, Tex., and went into a good and growing practice. 
Several years ago, he was offered the position of instructor 
in the University of Texas. He was highly esteemed as a 
high toned gentleman, a first class lawyer, an able judge 
and an elegant man of sterling qualities ; interred in Win- 
tergreen Cemetery, Port Gibson, Miss., beside his only two 
children, on Dec. 24." 

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn." 

"Judge McLaurin was indeed a grand, noble man, and 
above all he was a genuine, earnest Christian. He did not 
"hide his light under a bushel," for all who came in contact 
with him, knew just where he stood. Ye t he was not os- 
tentatious. He will be missed not only by hTs loved ones, 
but by the church, the university and the State. His influ- 
ence over the young men at the University was wonderful. 
Gave a lecture to his law class on Dec. 11, became ill on the 
12th and died on the 21st. S. C. McL., Jan., 1921." 

398. Dr. Hugh L. McLaurin (374), graduated in the lit- 
erary course from the Univesrity of Miss. After graduat- 
ing in medicine from Tulane Medical College, New Orleans, 
he located in Dallas, Texas, where he did a large practice. 
He m. Miss Kate Gano, daughter of Gen. Gano, of Dallas, 
formerly of Kentucky. Their four children were John, 
Katherine, Hugh and Maurice (who was killed accidentally 
when eleven years old). 


John graduated in medicine from Tulane, New Orleans, m. 
Miss Lucy Coke, just before going to France. He was a 
Captain and had charge of a hospital in France. 

Margaret, daughter of Dr. John G. McLaurin and wife, 
Lucy Coke, all of Dallas, Tex., was born Sept. 21st, 1920, 
at 7 A. M. 

Katherine, not married. 

Hugh L. graduated in medicine from Tulane, June, 1919. 
Served as interne one year, 1920. 

John and Hugh are practicing in Dallas, Texas (1921). 

399. Robt. Love McLaurin (374), b. in Simpson Co., Miss., 
Sept. 22, 1865. Attorney at law, Vicksburg, Miss,, gradu- 
ated from the Southwestern Presbyterian University, Clark- 
ville, Tenn. m. his cousin Delta McLaurin, daughter of 
Sen. A. J. McLaurin of Miss. For a number of years sha 
has been prominent in King's Daughters work. No chil- 
dren living. He is a popular lawyer and citizen. Both are 
intellectual, genial, charming; have a lovely home in Vicks- 


400. Robert H. Love (375). Married Emma Hudson, 


401. Bessie Love (400). 

402. Delia Love (400). 

403. Robert Love (400). 

404. Annie Love (400). 

Wm. Catching Love m. Miss Mary Goodloe, Madison Co., 
Miss,, second wife. Her family v/ere wealthy and influen- 
tial. She d. about 1895. 

"As a pioneer, I think my father presented an example not 
often equalled as neighbor, friend and parent. He filled 
this position with exactness of which none can complain. 
Few equalled and none excelled him in his sphere of life. 
Wm. C. Love, 1872. Canton, Miss." 


405. Annie Winter Love (375), m. Dr, Robert Bridges. 

406. Sallie D. Love (375). 

407. Mamie Love (375), won the first honor in her class- 
in Canton, Miss., while at school. M. her cousin, Wm. 
Love, son of Joseph Love. They have a daughter, Mamie. 

407. Kate Love (375), m. W. C. Rutland. 

408. Harriet Love (375). 

409. Wm. Love (375), bookkeeper. 


410. Arthur Rutland (407), d. in infancy. 

411. Alice Rutland (407). 

412. Willie Rutland (407). 


413. Wm. Paul Rutland (407). 

414. Robt. Love Rutland (407). 


415. Robert E. Love (376). 

416. Walter Love (376). 

417. Ida Love (376). 

418. Wm. Love (376). 

419. Mary M. Love (376), deceased, m. Dr. Brasher. 

420. James Love (376). 

421. Hugh Love (376). 

422. Martha Love (376). 


423. Mary Love (377). 

424. Harriet J. Love (377). 

425. Sarah Wm. Love (377). 

426. Rosa Catching Love (377), m. C. G. Sanders. They 
have a son, C. G. Sanders, Chattanooga, Tenn., and one 
daughter, Mrs. W. J. Barr, Columbus, Miss., who was Irene 
Sanders. Mr. and Mrs. Barr afterwards moved to Jackson, 

427. Annie Love (377), m. Mr. Coleman. 

428. Pearl Love (377), m. Mr. Preston Sutherland, Jack- 
son, Miss., at her father's home near Canton, Dec. 23, 1897, 
Rev. J. L. Mellen officiating. 

T. J. Love m second, Mrs. McFarland, sister of his first 


429. Elizabeth Catching (3), b. June 15, 1783, Amelia Co., 

430. Nancy Catching (3), b. May 14, 1785, Wilkes Co., Ga. 

431. Rhoda Catching (3), b. Aug. 17, 1787, Wilkes Co., 

432. Ezekiel Catching (3), b. Feb. 21, 1790, Wilkes Co., 

433. Sarah Catching (3), b. Feb. 22, 1792, Wilkes Co., 
Ga. Sarah Catching on August 13, 1807, m. Thos. Head, 
Green Co., Ga. 

434. Mary Catching (3), b. July 4, 1794, Wilkes Co., Ga. 

435. Martha Catching (3), b. Jan. 24, 1797, Wilkes Co., 

436. Joseph Catching (3), b. April 29, 1799. 

437. John T. Catching (3) , b. Jan. 24, 1803. 


438. Artimesia Head (433), m. James Wright, Covington, 
Ga. Highly educated. 




439. Dr. Joseph Allen Wright (438). 

440. Carrie Artimesia Wright (438), very cultivated. 

441. John Thomas Wright (438), m. Minnie E. Powell. 


442. Minnie Allen Wright (441). 

443. Annie Artimesia Wright (441). 

It has been impossible to learn the exact connection Julia 
Cone Catchings has with other branches of the family, and 
she seems unable to explain this. She had a married sister 
living near her. 

"My father, Joseph Catchings, was m. three times. My 
mother, Julia Cone( was his second wife. She was a niece 
of Gen. James Bethune, the former owner of 'Blind Tom' 
the musical prodigy. Her ancestors were Highland Scotts. 
My father was robbed of $45,000 when I was a child. His 
records, with other valuables, were carried off. One of 
my grandfathers was an officer in the Revolutionary war, 
and lost his life in attempting to swim a river, but I am 
unable to give the particulars. Julia Cone Catchings, Oct. 
28, 1894, Georgetown, Ga." 

Joseph Catchings and Julia Cone m. December 29, 1836, 
■-Greene Co., Ga. 



Peter Fields, of Brandon, Miss., perhaps the oldest ne- 
gro in Mississippi, is dead, aged 106 years. His funeral 
took place at Brandon, Miss., Friday and was largely at- 
tended by both whites and blacks. 

"While it is probable that there may have been older 
negroes in Mississippi than the venerable Uncle Peter, they 
could not claim the distinction of being full-blooded Afri- 
cans, and having authentic records in proof of their age. 

"For more than forty years Peter Fields was a landmark 
around the town of Brandon. He frequently visited Jack- 
son, on beggin"g missions, and his occasional trips here al- 
ways netted him a good harvest of nickles and dimes, on 
account of his queer appearance and unfailing good humor. 

"According to authenticated reports, Uncle Peter was 
brought from Africa in a slave ship when he was between 
the ages of ten and twelve, and his history since his arrival 
in Mississippi is well established. For many years he was 
pressman in the Brandon News office, and manipulated the 
old Washington hand press until he became too feeble for 
this strenuous calling. He retained his mental faculties, 
such as he possessed, however, until the last, and was de- 
servedly popular among the Brandon folk, who regarded him 


as their most historic possession. In personal appearance, 
he strikingly suggested the missing link, and in spite of 
nummerous opportunities, never learned to read or write." 

Peter Fields was inherited by Dr. T. J. Catchings, from 
his father, Joseph Catchings. After the Civil war. Dr. 
Catchings bought a home in Brandon. Peter, with his wife 
Sarah and family (plantation hands) begged to go with 
them, the former as gardener and yard man, and the latter 
as cook. When, after six years in Brand&n, Dr. Catchings 
and family returned to Sunflower Co., 1872, Peter Fields and 
family remained, having made many friends among the 
white and black folk there. 

They were faithful, reliable negroes, devoted to "Marster 
and Miss," and each of the family. All of the negroes 
owned by Dr. and Mrs. Catchings were equally loyal and 
true, and remained on the plantation throughout the Civil 
war. When the family departed for Brandon, they were 
all standing around the carriage to say goodbye, some cry- 
ing and begging not to be left; that they wanted to stay, 
etc. The ancestors of these people had been owned by the 
families of Dr. and Mrs. Catchings for generations and 
were deeply attached to them, and to "Miss Mary, Miss Nan 
and Mars Tom." Before leaving. Dr. Catchings gave each 
one a pair of shoes, suit of clothes, new blankets as he had 
always provided them. He also paid them the last year of 
the war, for services, so they did not begin with freedom in 
poverty. They hired to parties in all directions, in the 
neighborhood. Deer Creek and elsewhere." 



The Holliday ancestry came to America from England, 
some think they m.ay have gone to England from Ireland. 
They settled in Virginia and Maryland, remcning to Georgia 
prior to the Revolutionary war and located in Wilkes Co., 
near Columbia. "During the Revolutionary War, the la- 
dies of the family refugeed in Virginia, returning to Geor- 
gia when peace was made. Chas. M. Sanders, Penfield, Ga., 
January 26, 1898." 

"My grandfather, Thomas Holliday, came from Virginia 
and settled in Wilkes Co., Ga., with several cousins." Mrs. 
Billington M. Sanders, nee Cynthia Holliday, Georgia." 

"An old lady in Georgia stated that her playmate, Mary 
Holliday (Mrs. Joseph Catchings had an uncle, Joseph Hol- 
liday, but did not know what became of his family." 

Joseph Holliday received as bounty in Burke Co., Ga., 200 
acres for services in the Revolutionary War. 

From the relationship of the descendants of the oldest 
members of the family of whom we have any knowledge, it 
is presumed that Thomas Holliday, who m. Martha Dicker- 
son ; Miss Holliday, who m. Mr. Johnson ; John Holliday, 
who m. Sarah Ford; and Ayres Holliday, who m. Olivia 
Johnson ; were brothers and sisters, and were children of 
Elijah Holliday and Margaret Johnson, However, this is 
not altogether authentic. "Elijah Holliday who m. my 
great aunt, Margaret Johnson, was the great-grandfather 
of Mrs. Sarah Milsaps Wadsworth, widow of Rev. Wm. 
Wadsworth, a Methodist minister. Mrs. John A. Ellis, 
Amite City, Louisiana, Nov. 21, 1893." 

"I have been told that Gen. Joseph E. Johnston was re- 
lated to us, and I named one of our children after him. A 
Mr. Ellis paid us a visit many years ago. He was a cousin 
of my mother, and told about their moving from Geargia 
to this State together. Their mothers w^re twins, and 
were never separated. He told me how pretty my mother 
was, and that he brought her in his arms most of the way 
from Georgia. Marv Johnson Milsaps, Brown's Well, Miss., 
Dec. 15, 1898." 

"Holliday is from the old English Haliday. The earliest 
land grants to the name in Virginia were made in the 18th 
Century, John Holliday received 93 acres in Norfolk Co., 
April 28, 1711, for transporting into the colonv Robert 
Steward and Hannah Holliday, June 16th, 1714. All of the 
Hollidays in Virginia are descended from John Holliday, 
who came to Spottsylvania Co., abopt 1740 from lower Vir- 


ginia, 150 years ago. He was a ranger employed by the 
government to guard the colonists from the Indians. Capt. 
John Holliday fell in Gate's defeat." 

"Hayden's Virginia Genealogy." 

"It is believed that the Hollidays of Wilkes Co., and other 
portions of Ga. were descended from William Jno. Holliday, 
son of Wm. HoHiday, who moved to Va., and that this Wil- 
liam Holliday was one of the immigrants to America (Mary- 
land ) together with Thomas and Leonard Holliday. Col. 
John Holliday, it is thought was the father of William Eli- 
jah Holliday, who m. Margaret Johnson. Some write his 
name as Thos. Elijah Holliday. Flora Holliday, Washing- 
ton, Ga., April 13, 1913." 

"Wm. or Thos. Elijah Holliday, Ga., m. Margaret John^ 
son, Ga. She was a sister of the mother of the late E. John 
EUis, a member of Congress from Louisiana, and of Judge 
Ellis, of New Orleans, La. The Catchings, Ellis, and Har- 
ris families came to Miss, from Georgia about the same 
time. — Judge Uriah Milsaps, May 23, 1893, Hazlehurst, 



It is supposed the following are brothers and sisters : 
Ayers, John, Thomas, Joseph and Miss Holiday. 

444. Ayers Holliday was a Georgian, removed to Wash- 
ington Parish, La., at an early date and thence to Copiah 
Co., Miss., afterwards to Louisiana, where he died. I have 
heard that my great-grandfather was a brave and daring 
soldier in the time of the Revolutionary War, and that he 
distinguished himself on account of his bravery in some 
battles. Ayers Holliday m. Olivia Johnson, Ga. 

"My grandfather, Ayers Holliday, had one brother, John, 
who died in Miss., many years ago. John has a daughter 
still living, quite an aged lady whose address is Mrs. Jane 
Fleming, Jeanette, Miss. I know grandfather had other 
brothers besides John and think he had sisters — LTriah Mil- 
saps, Hazlehurst, Miss., May 31, 1893." 

"I have heard my mother mention a visit made to her by 
Ayers Holliday soon after her marriage, and that she gave 
him her bridal fan to take to his daughter, also sent memen- 
toes to his wife. Nevie F. Baker, Jeanette, Miss., Dec. 13, 

"We had two great Uncles who moved to Mississippi a 
great many years ago. John Holliday first settled in Copiah 
Co. I met his son Williom who was verj'' wealthy but never 
married. Ayers Holliday made his home in Adams Co., 
Miss. They must have been uncles of our grandmother, 
Mrs. Jos. Catchings. My father called them Uncle John 


and Uncle Avers. Harriet Holiidav, Canton, Miss,, Nov. 13. 

445. Thomas Holliday, d. July 30, 1798, Georgia. Re- 

"State of Georgia, Wilkes County. 

"This is to certify that Thomas Holliday was an inhabi- 
tant of this State prior to the Reduction thereof by the 
British aiTns and was a refugee from the same during which 
time he cheerfully did his duty as a good soldier and friend 
of this the United States. 

"Given under' my hand this the 6th day of April, 1784. 
"E. Clark, Col, by his order, H. Freeman." 

"Thomas, son of Elijah William and Margaret Johnson 
Holliday was granted land in Richmond or Burke Co., Ga., 
in Aug., 1781, as a bounty by the Assembly at Augusta, 
Ga. This land was certified to by Elijah Clark. 

Flora Holliday, Washington, Ga., April 11, 1913." 

"Philip Cook — Secretary of State, 
"Atlanta, Georgia, 
"No. 689. 
"Georgia : — 

"These are to certify, that Thomas Holliday is entitled 
to two hundred eighty-seven and a half acres of land, as a 
bounty, agreeable to an act and Resolve of the General 
Assembly passed at Augusta 19th August, 1781, as per cer- 
tificate of Elijah Clark, Col. 

"Given under mv hand at Savannah, the 20th day of 
April, 1784. 

"J. Houston. 

Attest: D. Rees, Secty." 
"State of Georgia : — 

"By the Honorable Samuel Elbert, Esquire, Captain Gen- 
eral, Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and o\"^r the said 

"To all to whom these Presents shall come — Greetings: 
Know ye. That in pursuance of the act for opening the Land 
Office and by virtue of the powers in me vested, I have, 
by and with the advice and consent of the Honorable, the 
Executive Council, given and granted and by these pres- 
ents in the Name and Behalf of the said State, Do give 
and grant unto Thomas Holliday, his Heirs and assigns for- 
ever, All that Tract or Parcel of Land, containing Two hun- 
dred Eighty-seven and a half Acres, Situate, and being, 
in the county of Washington, in said State, and butting and 
bounding North-Westwardly by the Oconee River, and on all 
other sides by vacant lands — 



having such shape, form and Marks, as appear by the Plat 
of the same hereunto annexed, together with all and singu- 
lar the Rights, Members and Appurtenances thereof, what- 
soever, to the said Tract or Parcel of Land belonging or in 
any wise appertaining; and also the Estate, Right, Title, 
Interest, Claim and Demand of the State aforesaid of, in, to, 
or out of the same. To Have and to Hold the said Tract or 
Parcel of Land, and all and singular Ihe Premises afore- 
said, with their and every of their Rights, Members and 
Appurtenances, with the said Thomas Holliday, his Heirs, 
and Assigns, to his and their own proper Use and Behoof 
forever, in Fee-Simple. 

"Given under my hand in council and the Great Seal of 
the State, this Seventeenth Day of August in the year of 
our Lord, One Thousand and Seven Hundred and Eighty 
Five, and in the Tenth year of American Independence. 

"Signed by His Honor the Governor in Council the 17th 
Day of August, 1785. 

"G. Handley, C. C. Registered 17th August, 1785." 


"Office of Secretary of State 

"I, Philip Cook, Secretary of State of the State of Geor- 
gia, do hereby certify that the three foregoing pages con- 
fain a true and correct copy of the Revolutionary service 
of Thomas Holliday, as the same appears on file and record, 
in this office. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set 
my hand, and affixed the Seal of my office, at the Capitol 
in the City of Atlanta, this 12th day of January, in the year 
of our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and One, of the 
Independence of the United States of America the One 
Hundred and Twenty-Fifth. 

"Philip Cook, 
"Secretary of State." 

446. Miss Holliday. 

448. Joseph Holliday. 

449. John Holliday. 

"John Holliday, my grandfather, came from Georgia to 
Adams Co., Miss., but in 1840 he moved to Copiah Co., about 
siix miles from Crystal Springs, this being healthier than 
the Kingston neighborhood in Adams Co. He had lost 
several children and slaves with fever there, all his family 
being sick with it in 1836, Dr. Farrar, an intimate friend 
of his, thinks that John Holliday came from Holliday sburg. 
Pa., and that the town was named for him or his family. 
Before leaving Adams Co. he m. Sarah Ford, daughter of 
Robin and Elizabeth Ford. Most, if not all of his children 
were born in that county. J. Nevit F. Baker, Jeanette, 
Miss., Oct. 25, 1897." 



450. Thomas Holliday (444), deceased. "Thomas Holli- 
day for eig-hteen years sheriff of Copiah Co., lived thirty 
miles below Gallatin. He endeared himself to the people in 
the financial crisis of 1836, and could not have been beaten. 
This crisis was from 1836 to 1840. His great sympathy for 
the people made his irresistible. He was never defeated 
for any office, being so strong with the people on account 
of his kindness in their great trials and troubles. Uriah 
Milsaps, Oct. 4, 1894." 

451. Sallie Holliday (444), deceased. 

452. Nancy Holliday (444), deceased. 

453. Margaret Holliday (444), deceased. 

454. Martha Holliday (444), b 1804 in Ga. Elizabeth 
Holiday (444). They were twins. Martha Holliday m. Dr. 
David Shoemaker. She d. March, 1892, at her home in Cali- 
fornia. Dr. D, Shoemaker d. 1913, in Auburn, Cal., sud- 
denly of heart trouble. He was at Pleasant Valley, Cal.. 
in 1866. He graduated from a medical college in San Fran- 
cisco as a physician and surgeon and practiced at Truckee 
sev^enteen years and then moved to Oakland, then in 1913 
to Auburn. His wife and two children survive him. 

455. Elizabeth Holliday (444), b. in Georgia, 1804, m. in 
1824 Thomas Milsaps, in Copiah Co., Miss. He was b. in 
Pendleton District, S. C, Jan. 1, 1799, d. in 1882. She died 
in 1841. 



456. Rufus Shoemaker (454), was b. in Linden. Copiah 
Co., Miss., Jan. 5, 1830, d. in Grass Valley, Cal., in 1893. He 
graduated from Oakland College, Miss., with the degree of 
B, A. After editing a paper in Port Gibson, Miss., many 
years, he went in 1853 to Grass Valley, where his father, 
Dr. David Shoemaker, was a pioneer settler and resident. 
He served eight years as county clerk, edited the National 
Newspaper, and in 1859 returned to Port Gibson. He was 
Captain of a company in the Civil War from Miss. In 1866 
he retuiTied to Grass Valley and edited the Grass Valley 
Union. Was in the Constitutional Convention in 1879. In 
1889 he established the Evening Telegraph. He m. Sarah 
Overton Lacy, of Port Gibson, Miss., who was b. in St. 
Mary's Parish, La., and is a niece of the late Gen. Van Dorn, 
and a cousin of U. S. Gen. Caffrey and Gen. Marshall Mil- 
ler, e^ch of La. General Miller is a native of Vicksburg, 
Miss., and a noted attorney. 



457. Martha Shoemaker (456), m. Norris Cochran Far- 
nam in Bakersfield, S. Cal. He was formerly from Wash- 
ington, D. C. She has two step-children, Rodney Emery, 
and Elizabeth Margaret Farnam. Martha Shoemaker and 
her brother James succeeded their father in editing the 
Evening Telegraph. She and her brother David are twins. 

458. Douglas Shoemaker (456), Grass Valley, Calif., has 
three children. He m. Mary McGuire, of Grass Valley. 
Their children are Alice Vertner, Andrew Jackson and Leah 
Theresa. Jack died at three years of age. 

459. Dr. David Shoemaker (456), m. Gertrude Mary 
Campbell, of Oakland, Cal. She is a beautiful woman. Dr. 
Shoemaker lives at Truckee, high up in the Sierra Moun- 
tains, Calif. He and sister Martha are twins. 

460. Henry Shoemaker (456), has been in Dawson City, 
Alaska, since 1899. His daughter, Mary Lacy Shoemaker, 
when 13 months old lost her mother, Delia Agnes Madden. 
When she was six years of age her father m. Naomi Rex. 
Their children are Roy Henry and Rex Shoemaker. 


"John Holliday was my great-grandmother's uncle, and 
Mrs. Flemming, of Jeanette, Miss., was her first cousin. — 
Edwin F. Moody, January 17, 1898, Meridian, Miss." 

462. Wm. Holliday (449), b. 1804, d. Nov., 1897. Lived 
in Adams Co., Miss., and was very wealthy. Died while 
visiting a friend in Wilkerson Co. and was buried there. 
Was a member of the Methodist Church. 

462-a. Robert Holliday, d. 1836, Adams Co., Miss. Was 
the second person buried in the Kingston Cemetery. He 
asked to be interred by the side of his friend, Thornton 
Farrar. Robert was a student at Oakland College at the 
time of his death. 

,463. Dickerson Holliday (449), m. Miss Charlotte Owings, 
La., both d. in 1869. Their home was Yazoo City, Miss. 

464. Franklin Holliday (449), m. Miss Nancy Harrison, 
Copiah Co., Miss. 

465. Gibson Holliday (449), m. Martha Stackhouse, of Co- 
piah Co. He had a granddaughter, Blanche, who married 
Henry Holt Halsey. A son of Gibson Holliday inherited his 
father's old homestead near Crystal Springs and resides 
there. After the death of Gibson Holliday's wife and the 
death of his brother Francis, he married the widow of 
Francis Holliday. 

466. Andrew Jackson Holliday (449, ) attorney at law and 
a partner of the late Judge Cassidy, was drowned in Pearl 
River with Louise and Lucy Arrington, by the skiff capsiz- 
ing. He practiced in Monticello, Miss. Was handsome and 


467. Minerva Holliday (449), m. Dr. Lanningham. They 
removed to Texas. Both are dead. 

Two Holliday children d. in infancy. 

468. Sarah Holliday (449), m. Henry Luce. She d. 1836, 
buried in Kingston Cemetery. Their daughter, Amelia 
Luce, m. Mr. Owings ( Yazoo City. 

Sarah Owings, m. Mr. Barksdale, Yazoo City. 

470. Jeannette (449), daughter of John Holliday and 
Sarah Ford, died at her home, Jeanette, Miss., in 1893, at 
the age of 79 years. When 19 years of age she m. John G. 
Flemming, of Adams Co., Miss., on March 27, 1833. She is 
buried at Jeanette. "She was one of the old-time Southern 
ladies whose heart was ever full of love and charity for 
her fellow beings, and who never tired of doing good." 



Infant died unnamed. 

471. Wm. Ferdinan Flemming (470), deceased. 

472. Hinds Flemming (470), deceased. 

473. Benton Flemming (470), b. 1840, unmarried in 1897. 
He served in the Confederate army in Va. during the entire 
Civil war without a furlough, d. Sept. 13, 1915. 

474. Dinah Flemming (470), m. Anson F. Alexander, Jan. 
16, 1860, Adams Co., Miss. She d. April 9, 1920. 

475. Sarah Flemming (470). 

476. Emily Dunbar Flemming (470), deceased. 

477. Young Flemming (470). 
Infant daughter, unnamed, deceased. 

479. Robert Frederick Flemming (470), deceased. 

480. John Nevitt Flemming (470), a daughter was named 
after Capt. J. B. Nevitt, a retired naval ofiicer and a friend 
of her father. He stood as her godfather when baptized. 
She m. on Sept. 19, 1885, Everard G. Baker, Jr., a son of 
Laura Alexander, the first wife of Everard Baker, Sr., of 
Hazlehurst, Miss. They live at Jeanette, Miss., which takes 
its name from her mother. Everard Baker, Jr., d. July 17, 

481. Jane Bayard Flemming (470), unmarried 1897. 

482. Holliday (470), b. 1850, keeps house with 
his sister, Janie. He was unmarried 1897. 


483. Jeanette Lavinia Alexander (474), deceased. 

484. John Fleming Alexander (474). 

485. Amos Alexander (474). 

486. Sallie Baker Alexander (474). 

487. Catherine French Alexander (474) . 

488. Robert Alexander (474). 

489. Benton Alexander (474). 


490. Anna Elizabeth Alexander (474). 

491. Mary Alexander (474). 

Everard Green Baker of Hazlehurst, Miss., son of Thos. 

Baker and Eliza Green. His mother was a daughter of 

Everard Green. 

E. G. Baker, Sr., above named, m. first Laura L. Alexan- 
der,- Sept. 6, 1849. He d. Mch. 1, 1890, and was b. in 1826. 

His second wife was Sarah, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. G. 

Fleming, of Adams Co., Miss., m. June 21, 1852. 

Everard Green Baker, son of E. G. Baker, Sr., and wife 

Laura L. Alexander, m. J. Nevitt Fleming, Sept. 9, 1885. 

Me d. 1918. She was b. 1856. E. G. Baker Jr., a graduate 

of the Law Dept. at Lebanon, Tenn., d. July 18, 1918, at his 

home in Adams Co., Miss. 

492. Fred Nash Baker (475). 

493. Alice Jeanette Baker (475). 

494. John Flemming Baker (475). 

495. Martha Gordon Baker (475), and 

496. Robert Lee Baker (475), twins. 

497. Lizzie Antonia Baker (475). 

498. Sallie Belknap Baker (475). 

499. Florence Marshall Baker (475). 

500. Wm. C. Baker (475). 

501. Nellie Baker (475). 

502. Quintard Baker (475). 

503. Infant daughter (475). 

504. Otis Baker (475). 


505. Jeanette Holliday Baker (480), m. Andrew Deane 
Paine, June 14, 1905. They reside at Natchez. Laura 
Baker Paine, b. Feb. 23, 1908; have since removed to New 
Bedford, Mass. 

506. Laura Alexander Baker (480). 

507. Everard Green Baker III (480), b. Mch. 10, 1889, 
m. Feb. 2, 1918, Josephine Balfour. 

508. Victor Albert Baker (480). 

509. Francis Theophile Baker (480) (named for Francis 
Baker, a native of New Jersey, his ancestor). 

510. John Holliday Baker (480). 

"I had only two sons in the service during the European 
War. Francis was at Camp Shelby with the Q. M. C. de- 
tachment for 17 months, and is disgusted that he could not 
"go over."— Nevitt Fleming Baker, Oct. 8, 1919." 

It is surmised that the following Miss Holliday was a 
daughter of Elijah Holiday and Margaret Johnson (511 
same as 446). 

511. Misft Holliday, Georgia, m. Mr. Johnson, Georgia. 


512. Margaret Holliday (511), their daughter, died in 
the summer of 1858. 

513. Mary Holliday Walker (512), b. June 29, 1811, in 
Eatonton, Ga., d. Dec, 1879, buried in the cemetery at Tus- 
caloosa by the side of her husband; m. Mr. Moody, Jackson, 

514. Martha Walker (512), m. Francis McGuire. In 1851 
they moved to Texas from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and have five 
,or six children. 

515. Margaret Walker (512), deceased; m. Capt. John 
Smith who owned a steamboat which plied between Mobile 
and Montgomery, Ala. Many years ago he retired to his 
plantation near Belmont, Sumter County, Ala. Here both 
are buried. ^^ijl p. 7^ 

516. Robert Walker (512), deceased; m. Miss Spiller, 
Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

517. Pierce Walker (512), named after Lovick Pierce, 
father of Bishop Pierce. 


518. Dr. Robert Walker (516), deceased. 

519. Hickman Walter (516), a merchant in Tuscaloosa, 


520. Wm. Milsaps (455), d. voung. 

521. Uriah Milsaps (455). 

Judge Uriah Milsaps, b. 1828, d. about 1876. In 1856 
he m. Sarah, daughter of Bryant Lewis, Copiah Co., Miss., 
but a native of South Carolina. Uriah Milsaps was educated 
at Hanover College, Indiana, and at Danville, Ky. Studied 
law with Judge Daniel Mayes, of Jackson, Miss., and was 
licensed to practice in 1854. He entered the Confederate 
war, recruited a company as First Lieutenant, then became 
Captain. In 1869 he was made Judge of the Fifth Judicial 
District, and served till 1876, when he returned to his prac- 
tice in Hazlehurst, Miss. The father of Judge Milsaps set- 
tled in Copiah Co., in 1823, having moved from S. C. to Miss, 
in 1810. He and his wife died in 1833 while on a visit to a 
son in Perry Co., Miss. Judge Milsaps had one son, H. T. 
Milsaps, attorney at law, Hazlehurst, Miss. 

522. Martha Milsaps (455), m. Mr. Beasley. 

523. Mary Milsaps (455), m. Hon. Thos. E. Milsaps. 

524. Sarah Milsaps (455), m. Rev. Wm. Wadsworth. 
"Elijah Holliday, who m. my great aunt,, Margaret John- 
vson, was the great grandfather of Mrs. Sarah Milsaps 
Wadsworth. Mrs. Jno. A. Ellis. Amite Citv, La,. Mav 21, 

525. Thos. J. Milsaps (455), b. Copiah Co., Miss., 1834, m. 
in 1870, a daughter of Hon. John Fatheree, of Holmes Co. 


He was educated at Hanover College, Indiana, and Cente- 
nary College, Jackson, La. Read law. When the Civil War 
began he enlisted and fought throughout. He represented 
his State in the legislature of 1887 and 1889. He was widely 
known as a brilliant member of the Masonic fraternity. 


526. Sarah Holliday (445), b. Feb. 28, 1781, m. Francis 

527. Dickerson Holliday (445), b. Dec. 11, 1782, d. Oct. 
5, 1827. Dickerson Holliday, Wilkes Co., Ga., m. Rebecca 
Ragan, first wife. She was b. Dec. 31, 1785, in Georgia, d. 
March 15, 1825. She was a daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth 
Ragan, who d. Aug. 11, 1841. Dickerson Holliaay's second 
wife was Mrs. Cutliff, nee Lucinda Ragan, sister of first 
wife. Their son, Joseph R. Holliday, died unmarried. 

528. John Holliday (445), b. May 4, 1785, m. Miss Clem- 
ence, of Georgia. He was a merchant in Washington, Ga. 

529. Mary Holliday (445), b. Nov. 6, 1787, d. Nov. 21, 
1827, m. Joseph Catchings about 1800. 

530. Allen Holliday (445), b. Oct. 12, 1789. ''Dickerson 
Holliday appointed guardian to Allen Holliday, orphan of 
Thomas Hollidav, Dec. 5, 1804." S. D. Fanning, office of 
Court of Ordinary, Wilkes Co., Mar. 12, 1912." 

Allen Holliday (See 530), m. Nancy O'Neal, Ga. "One of 
his sons, T. Holiday, was in Washington City the last time 
I heard of hime before the Civil War. He had a cousin, 
Joe, who went there also. — Harriet Holliday, Canton, Miss., 
Nov. 13, 1894." "All of the children of Allen Holliday and 
Nancy O'Neal died under 37 years of age except Allen 
Thomas Holliday, mv father, and he was only 37 years of 
age." Flora Hollidav, Oct. 21, 1898, Washington, Ga. 

531. Richard Ivey Holliday (445), b. Aug. 16, 1791. He 
m. Mary Evans, of Georgia. They moved from Georgia to 
Miss, in 1843, and settled near (Canton, Madison Co. He 
afterwards returned to Georgia and died there. Was a 
Colonel in the Florida War. 

532. Holliday (445), b. Oct. 2, 1797, m. Sarah 
Leslie, Ga. They moved to Madison Co., Miss., 1847. Some 
say he m. Sarah Hammock. 

533. Robert J. Holliday (445). 


534. John Holliday (531), b. Mch. 10, 1844, m. Katherine 
Griffin. Their daughter, Eugenia, m. Adolphus E. Stro- 
ther; another daughter, Georgia 0. Holliday, m. Alphonso 
R. Strother. A. E. Strother was State Senator. A. E. and 
A. R. Strother were sons of Thos. Strother and Lucinda 


535. Louisa Holliday (531), m. Joseph Sanders. 

536. Jane Holliday (531), m. Mr. Mayfield. 

537. Thomas Holliday (531), m. Harriet Catching, Miss. 

538. Isaac Newton Holliday (531), m. Miss Lizzie Tisdale, 
daughter of Wm. and Frances Finney Tisdale, Va. They 
live in Madison Co., Miss. 

539. Emily Holliday (531), m. Frank Catching, a cousin. 

540. Cassender Holliday (531), m. Joseph Sanders. 
Their daughter, Martha, m. her cousin. Dr. Benj. H. Catch- 
ing, of Atlanta, Ga. Their daughter Louisa Sanders, m. 
Joseph H. Catching, of Copiah Co., iMss. Leonidas Wilber- 
force Sanders enlisted in Co. C, 18th Mississippi Regt. in 

1861, at the age of 16 years. He was wounded in the bat- 
tle of the Wilderness, and died a month later in a hospital 
in Richmond, and was buried in the Confederate Cemetery 
there. Benj. H. and Joseph H. Catching were brothers. 



541. Nathaniel Ragan Holliday (527), b. 1808, d. 1887, 
removed from Wilkes to Stewart Co., Ga., after his marriage 
to Susan Elizabeth Wiley of Washington Co., Ga. She was 
b. 1817, d. 1836. The Stewart Co. branch spell the name 

542. Cynthia Holliday (527), b. 1804, m. Rev. Billington 
M. Sanders who was the first principal of Mercer University, 
Penfield and Macon, Ga. Mercer University was named for 
Silas Mercer, father of Rev. Jesse Mercer, a noted Baptist 

544. Martha Holliday (527), b. 1802, m.. Daniel Walker, 
b. 1794, d. 1838, Monroe, Ga. After the death of her first 
husband, Martha married Mr. Stroud. Their daughter, 
Emma Stroud, m. Aaron Nunnally, Atlanta, Ga. Mrs. 
Stroud died in 1882. 

545. Thomas Holliday (527). 

546. Dickerson Holliday, Jr. (527), b. in 1812, d. in the 
nineties. He m. Mary Ann Hill, Monroe, Ga. They lived 
many years in Auburn, Ala., and reared a family there. 
"I am told by Prof. Walker that he thinks that all the male 
members of the Auburn family are dead and that the only 
surviving child is Mrs. Ophelia Hill, Washington, Ga., and 
that her mother lives with her. Dickerson Holliday spelled 
his name with an "a." — W. T. Holliday, Newnan, Ga., Jan. 
28, 1898." 

547. Simeon Holliday (527), d. unmarried. 


548. Martha Holhdav (541), m. Dr. J. E. Carter. 

549. Thomas H. HolHday (541), d. at Or!^ngeburg, Va., 

1862, Confederate Arrnv. 


550. Dickerson Wiley HoUiday (541), d. at Manassas, Va., 
1862, C. S. A. 

552. Nicholas Wiley Holliday (541), m. Dicey Stanford. 
They lived at Tifton, Ga., in 1915. Several childrei>. 

553. Emily Cynthia Holliday (541), m. S. T. Rice, Eu- 
faula, Ala. No children. 

554. Marshall A. Holliday (541), m. Sophia Ball. 

555. Frances Holliday (541), m. Fletcher Scaife. Their 
son, Paul B. Scaife lives at Macon, Ga. 

556. George Ragan HoHiday (541), b. 1841, d. 1895, m. 
Josephine Lawson. He was a member of the Legislature 
from Stewart Co., Ga. She was b. 1847. 


557. Abraham Holliday (546). 

558. Mack Holliday (546). 

559. Augustus Holliday (546). 

560. Mary Hollidav (546), m. Dr. Arthur Ferrman. 

561. Louisa Holliday (546), m. Willie Walsh. 

562. Warren Holliday (546). 

563. Ophelia Holliday (546), m. Col. Duncan Hill, Wilkes 
Co., Ga. They have one daughter, Lucy Hill, Ophelia, Ga. 


564. Marvin Holliday Carter (548), Lumpkin, Ga. In 
Aug., 1915, he lived in Tifton, Ga., as agent for the Georgia 
Cotton Co. 

565. Jerre E. Carter (548). 

566. E. L. Carter (548), a merchant in Lumpkin, Ga. 

567. Alelia Carter (548), married Mr. Smith, Nashville, 

568. Mattie Carter (548), married Mr. Fort, Treasury 
Dept., Washington, D. C. 

569. Dr. W. P. Carter (548), Lumpkin, Ga. 

570. Mrs. Dr. J. C. Patterson (548), Milledgeville, Ga. 

571. Anna Carter (548), married Mr. Williams, Paris, 



572. Wm. Thos. Holbrook Holliday (556), b. 1871, County 
School Commissioner, Lumpkin, Ga. 

573. Sydney Ragan Holliday (556), b. 1874. 

574. Anna Elizabeth Holliday (556), b. 1876, m. J. T. 
Pearce, Randolph Co., Ga. 

575. George Ragan Holilday, Jr. (556), b. 1878. 

576. Nannie Lou Holliday (556), b. 1880. 

577. Ernest Dickerson Holliday (556), b. 1883. 

578. Fc;^ Holliday (556), b. 1887. 


579. Mary Joe Holiday (556), b. 1889. 

580. Carl Murphy Holliday (556), b. 1892. 


581. John G. Strother (526), South Ga., m. Miss Ray, 
first wife; m. Miss McKinney, second wife, one child, Ed- 
ward Strother, by this marriage, d. single ; m. Nancy Mon- 
crief, third wife. 

582. Wm. Francis Strother (526), m. Nancy G. Griffin. 

583. Thos. Holliday Strother (526), m. Lucinda Wright. 

584. Lucinda P. Strother (536), m. David Campbell. 

585. Samuel Strother (526), d. unmftr»rie'd. 

586. Chapley R. Strother (526), m. Caroline Cantleon. 


587. James A. Strother (581), Texas. 

588. Joseph T. Strother (581), Waco, Texas. 



589. Cyrenius A. Strother (582), m. Virginia Cantleon. 

590. Josephus E. Strother (582), d. June 7, 1901, father 
of Mary W. Strother. 

591. Adolphus E. Strother (582), Amity, Ga., b. March 
10, 1844. He was State Senator Ga., m. Eugenia Holliday. 

592. Sarah J. Strother (582), b. 1852, m. Mr. Bennett, 
first husband ; Mr. Shank, second husband . 

593. Thos. C. Strother (582), m. Sallie Edmunds, 9 chil- 

594. Miss N. M. Strother (582). 

595. George Strother (582). 

596. Pauline Strother (582). 

597. Grover Strother (582). 

598. Jerre Strother (582). 

599. Holland Strother (582). 

600. Ella Strother (582). 

601. Henry Strother (582). 

602. Martha Strother (582). 


603. Clara N. Strother (591), deceased, m. Samuel Ed- 

604. Maude Strother (591), aged 22 years. 

605. Wm. T. Strother (591), aged 20 years. 

606. John Sydney Strother (591), aged 12 years. 

607. Josephus A. Strother (591), aged 10 years. 



608. Floy Edmonds (603). 

609. Margaret Edmonds (603). 


611. Henry A. Shank (592). 
■ 612. RosaL. Shank (592). 

613. Felix Shank (592). 



614. Thaddeus R. Strother (583). 

615. Louisa Strother (583), m. Mr. Dill. 

616. Wm. T. Strother (583). 

617. Alphonso R. Strother (583), m. Georgia 0. Holliday. 

618. Lucy P. Strother (583). 


619. Thaddeus Dill (615). 

620. HattieDill (615). 


621. John Strother (617). 

622. Frederick Strother (617). 

623. Lillie Strother (617). 

624. Ruth Strother (617). 

625. Bettie Strother (617). 

626. Flossie Strother (617). 



627. Alonzo Campbell (584). 

628. Mary Campbell (584), m. Erasmus Griffin, brother 
W. A. Griffin. 

629. Elizabeth Campbell (584). 


630. Willie Griffin (628). 

631. Lizzie Griffin (628). 


632. W^m. Henry Strother (586), m. Miss Bond, Bond, Ga. 

633. Laura Strother (586), m. F. J. Griffin. 

634. Frank Strother (586), m. Mrs. Davis. 

635. Eugene Strother (586), unmarried. 

636. Julien or Sallie Strother (586), m. Mr. Brashier, 
Wood St., Atlanta, Ga. 

637. Lula Strother (586), m. Mr. Casylon. 




638. William Dickerson Holliday (530), m. Amanda Grif- 
fin. Child, William. 

639. Jacynthia Rebecca Holliday (530), deceased. 

640. Mary A. Holliday (530), m. John L. Paschel; chil- 
dren, Martha, Myra and Thomas H. 

641. Frances Adelaide Celestia Holliday (530). She m. 
W. S. Jackson, West Point, Ga. They have one daughter, 
who m. L. L. Hardy. 

642. Malidia Holliday (530), m. Rhodes Elliott. 

643. Amelia Holliday (530), m. Geo. Simms. Their 
daughter, Cynthia Simms. 

644. Allen Thos. H. Holliday (530), m. Elizabeth Zellars. 


645. Wm. Holliday (642), went West; residence unknown. 

646. Martha Cordelia Holliday (642), m. Warren Tatum, 
Lincoln Co., Ga. 



647. Otis Holliday (644), Wilkes Co., Ga. Six children. 

648. Alice M. Holliday (644), b. Oct. 9, 1855, d. July 3, 
1907. She m. Rev. Thos. Acton Nash, Bapt., about 1897, 
no issue. 

649. Wm. Zellars Holhday, M. D. )644), Augusta, Ga. 
He has one child 

650. Flora T. Holhday (644), b. Feb. 5, 1858; d. Nov. 6, 
1919, in a hospital in Atlanta, Ga., after an illness of about 
6 weeks. 

651. Peter J. Holliday (644) ; m. Miss Jessie Thompson. 
He is 37 years of age and is mgr. of the Washington Mfg. 
Co., Washington, Ga. 

652. Omar Holhday (644), m. Rosa Willett, his cousin. 
They have one child and live near Boulevard, Atlanta. 


653. Allen Holliday (651), aged six years. 

654. Margaret Holliday (651), aged four years. 

655. Fletcher Holliday (651), aged three years. 

656. Myrtle Holliday (651), aged two years. 

657. Infant, unnamed (651). 


^58. W. T. Hollidav (538). 

659. Joseph E. Holliday (538). 

660. Mary Louisa Holhday (538), m. Jesse Mercer Hol- 


662. Francis E. Holliday (538). 

663. Martha E. Holliday (538). 

664. Sarah J. Holliday (538), m. J. H. Pace, Sharon, Miss. 

665. Rosa Love Holliday (538), deceased. 

667. Annie N. Holliday (538), m. George Galloway, 
Sharon, Miss., an uncle of Bishop Chas. Galloway. She d. 
June, 1913. 

668. John T. Holliday (538). 

669. Annie Holliday (538), deceased. 


670. Richard Edgar Holliday (660), b. January 27, 1875. 

671. Lizize May Holliday (660), b. Nov. 11, 1876. 

672. Lamar Holliday (660), b. February 19, 1880. 

673. Annie Newton Hollidav (660), b. May 30, 1882. 

674. Henry Garland Holliday (660), b. Feb. 19, 1885. 

675. Allen Leslie Holliday (660), b. Nov. 28, 1889, d. Feb. 
8, 1890. 



676. Thomas Dickerson Hollidav (532), b. February 27, 
1827, Wilkes Co., Ga. 

677. Ollie Holliday (532), m. Miss Watts. 

678. Simeon Holhday (532), b. Feb. 10, 18—, d. at 70 
years. Married Miss Lou Tucker. 

670. Mary Elizabeth Holliday (532), m. Oliver Billingsley. 

680. Evaline Holliday (532), m. James Mayfield. 

681. Leshe Holliday (532), deceased. 

682. Jesse Mercer Holliday (532), Sharon, Miss., b. Jan. 
8, 1838; m. Mary Louisa Holliday, his cousin. 

638. Laura Catherine Holliday (532), m. W. A. Griffin, 
Brenham, Tex. 


684. Rebecca Walker (544), m. Ira O. McDaniel. 

685. Lucinda Walker (544), m. Mr. Prince, first husband. 
Their children were Jonathan Prince (685), and Isabela 
Prince (685). After the death of Mr. Prince, Mrs. Prince 
m. J. G. Trammell, Norcross, Ga. 

Judge Dickerson Holliday Walker m. Mary Neel, Mt. Zion, 
first wife. M. Florence Remey, second wife, Newnan, Ga. 

687. Cynthia Walker (544), m. Elzaphan King, Cave 
Springs, Ga. 

688. Sandy Walker (544), d. just after graduating at 
Mercer University, Ga. Professor in Newnan, Ga. 

689. Daniel Walker (544), m. Miss Fever. 



690. Mattie Trammel (685), m, Mr. Neal, Savannah, Ga, 

691. Hattie Trammell (685), m. Mr. Turner, Atlanta. 

692. John G. Trammell (685), Norcross, Ga. 

693. Billingrton Trammell (685), d. in infancj-. 


694. Mollie Walker (686), d. 

695. Rev. Wm. Stokes Walker (686), Monroe. 

696. Clarence S. Walker (686), d. 

697. Joseph Henrv Walker (686). 

698. Charlie Walker (686), Monroe, Ga. 

699. Thos. N. Walker (686), d. 

699-a. Billington Sanders Walker (686), Monroe, Ga., m. 
Miss Alice Mitchell, Oct. 29, 1874 ; children, Mrs. E. P. Har- 
rold, AmericLis, Ga. Hon. Clifford Walker, Monroe, Ga., 
served two terms as Attorney-General of Ga. Is now 
candidate for Governor of Georgia (1920) ; Mrs. J. B. Mc- 
Crary, Atlanta, Ga. ; Mrs. Paul F. Vose, Atlanta, Ga.; Mrs. 
Hampton Field, Cartersville, Ga. ; Miss Louise Walker, Mon- 
roe, Ga., and B. S. Walker, Jr., deceased. 

The first wife of D. H. Walker was a sister of Mrs. Gov- 
ernor Northen. ''Mrs. Billington M. Sanders, nee Cynthia 
Holliday, and her sister, Martha, Mrs. Daniel Walker, were 
remarkably fine women, in fact there were few such, with 
their strength of character and business ability." — N. M. 
Northen, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 2, 1898." 



700. Irwin Walker (689), m. Annie Pope Arnall. One 
child, Florence. 

701. Marian Walker (689), Mrs. Clifford Clay Holt, At- 

702. Daniel Walker, M. D. (689), Portland, Maine. 

703. Hattie Walker (689), m. F. M. Arnall, first husband. 
Son is Walker Arnall. Hattie Walker m. Judge A. E. Free- 
man, second husband. One child, Samuel Freeman, an in- 


704. Holly King, deceased (687). 

705. Clementine King, deceased (687). 

706. Walker King (687), professor in Texas. 

707. Evanda King (687), deceased. 

708. Bettie King (687), deceased. 

709. Mattie King (687). 

710. James King (687). 
710-a. Elzaphan King (687). 




711. Sanders McDaniel (684), killed in the Civil War. 

712. Egbert McDaniel (684), unmarried. 

713. Ira McDaniel (684), m. Susan Owens; son, Rapley 

714. Henry D. McDaniel (684), ex-Governor of Georgia, 
m. Hester Felker; children, Sanders McDaniel, Atty., At- 
lanta, Ga. ; and Gypsy McDaniel. Sanders McDaniel m. Miss 
Anne Henderson. They have one daughter, Harriet Smiley 
McDaniel. Gypsy McDaniel m. Mr. E. S. Tichenor. They 
have two children, Hester McDaniel Tichenor and Henry 
McDaniel Tichenor. Gypsy was a pet name on account of 
her brunette type. 


First President of Mercer University, 


715. Dr. Jos, Sanders (544), Penfield, Ga., deceased. 

716. Carrie C. Sanders (544), lived in Greensboro, Ga., d. 
She left an estate of $30,000 to Mercer University for the 
establishment of a chair in that institution in memory of 
her father. 

717. Mamie Sanders (544), m. J. H. Steele, editor of the 
"Sunny South," Atlanta, deceased. 

718. Dennis N, Sanders (544), deceased, was editor of 
"The People's Party Paper," Atlanta, Ga. 

719. Billington M. Sanders (544), deceased. 

720. Richard Sanders (544), farmer in Green Co., Ga. 

721. Chas. M. Sanders (544), Penfield, Ga., has one son. 

722. Emmie Sanders (544), m. Prof. J. E. Willett, of 
Mercer University. This institution was founded at Pen- 
field and then moved to Macon, Ga. The Willetts resided on 
Tatnall Square, Macon. Prof. Willett died about 1896. 

722-a. D. H. Sanders, College Park, Ga. ; 82 years of age 
in 1911. He was the eldest son. 

Lincoln Co. was cut off from Wilkes Co. in 1796, which 
perhaps left the Hollidays in Lincoln Co. Sam D. Fanning, 
Ordinary, Washington, Ga., April 5, 1912. The early mar- 
riage records of Wilkes Co. were burned. 

"In our cemetery, in Lincoln Co., Ga,, there are five 
generations of the Hollidays buried and in a private ceme- 
tery on the premises of Mr. Sanders Walker, there are five 
generations of the Walker family, descendants of the Holli- 
day family. My Sanders ancestors came from England, 
and landed at Jamestown, Va., in Aug., 1635, I know when 
and where each of these forefathers was born, died and 
buried." D. H. Sanders, College Park, Ga., Sept. 15, 1911." 

The family of the eldest son of Mr. D. H. Sanders (d- 
eceased) lives in White Plains, Green Co., Ga. His young- 
est son, Chas. W. Sanders, with two children, live in Greens- 


boro, Ga. L. B. Sanders, his eldest living son, a prominent 
business man, lives in Atlanta. His daughter, Mrs. Lucia 
C. Carmichael ,with two sons reside in Atlanta, and his 
youngest daughter, Mrs. A. F. O'Kelley, of College Park, Ga. 
Her husband was pastor of the Baptist Church there in 


723. Rosalie Willett (722), of Macon, Ga., m. Omar T. Hol- 
liday, St. Louis, Mo., but formerly of Atlanta. They have 
two children, Ruth Holliday, who m. Mr. Horton Watkins, 
St. Louis, Mo., and Joseph Willet Holliday, about 11 years 
of age (1915). 

724. Emily Willett (722), m. Chas. A. Davis, Atlanta, Ga. 
Children of Chas. A. Davis and Emily Willet: Chas. W. 
Davis, m. Miss Lizzie May Turner; they have two children 
and live at 106 Linwood Ave., Atlanta. Miss Laurie Davis 
m. Mr. Harvey L. Anderson (deceased) ; no children. They 
live at 2610 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Miss Tochie Davis m.. 
Mr. Hudson Moore, 2610 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Miss 
Rosalie Davis, 1125 Peachtree St., Atlanta, Ga. 

725. Edward Willett (722), deceased. 

726. Hugh Willett (722), form_erly of Macon, Ga., but now 
of Bagley & Willett, Penn Mutual Life Ins. Co., agts., At- 
lanta, m. Miss Lucy Lester, of Thomasville, Ga. He was 
first with the New York Life Insurance Co., Macon, Ga. Mr. 
and Mrs. Willett have two sons: Hugh, Jr., about 21 j^ears 
old (1915), and Joseph Lawrence about 16 years old (1915). 

727. Laurie Willett (722), m. Mr. Riddle of Eustis, Fla. 

728. Nathaniel L. Willett (722), Augusta, Ga., m. Miss 
Annie Capen, Boston, Mass., no children. 

The Willetts are a very intellectual family and prominent." 
Mr. C. Robt. Churchill, President of the Sons of the 
American Revolution, New Orleans, La., surmises that the 
following Holliday line, may be of the same ancestry as 
that of Elijah Holliday and wife Margaret Johnson, as pre- 
vioush^ given, and requests that a space be allotted it in this 
book also. 




There appears to be a separate and distinct Holliday 
family, descendants of one Captain John Holliday who set- 
tled in Spottsylvania County in Virginia in 1702. 

There are numerous descendants running through nine or 
ten generations in North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, 
Louisiana and Texas, many of whom are prominent people 
in the localities in which they reside. 

We give this record for what it is worth and the informa- 
tion contianed therein. In all probability, it is connected 
with the Holliday family already mentioned, but the exact 
kinship has not up to the time of the publication of this 
book, been discovered, 



Literally in English One Fourth for Salvation or 

More Liberally One Fourth for God 



This very distinguished and unique family of Holladay, 
Holloway, Holliday and Hollyday, as given each way by old 
historians, is here presented by request. The name in very 
early English records is written Holliday or Holiday, as 
supposed to have been taken for a surname in commemo- 
ration of some festival of the church as a "holy day." But 
the name in this country is early found spelled Holladay, 
as well as Holliday, which leads to the belief that the two 
are distinct families, the first being traced from England, 
and the last from Ireland. But both probably originated in 
the same way. 

The arms, as given, were conferred upon Sir Walter Hol- 
laday, of Bromley, Middlesex, England, by Edward IV., in 
1470, and were brought to Virginia by Captain John Holla- 
day in 1702, who settled in Sjwtsylvania County. The arms 
are described as follows: 

"Shield, sable, three helmets, argent, garnished, or, a bor- 
der of the last. Crest — A demi-lion, rampant, resting his 
paws on an anchor azure. Motto: Quarta Salute." 

These are taken from Crozier's Armory, but we think he 
is in error in making Captain John Holladay, of Spotsyl- 


vania, 1702, as the first emigrant, for as we will presently 
see, there were several in the colony long before that date. 
Hening speaks of Anthony and John Holladay as the 
first in the Colony, and from Williamsburg Wills, as recorded 
there, John Holladay died previous to 1795, leaving a son, 
Thomas Holladay, of Southampton County, Va. Spotsly- 
vania County records probably give the most concerning 
the family. We there find that John Holladay, late of King 
William County, died in Spotsylvania, 1742. His sons were 
Joseph, Benjamin, William John and Daniel; daughters, 
Elizabeth, married a Pulliam ; Sarah, married James Roll- 
ings, and Susannah Holladay. This John may have been 
the emigrant, who first settled in King William, and Cap- 
tain John was his son. William, as above, seems to have __ 
died in 1744, leaving a son William. From family records 
furnished the writer, it seems that there was a William H. 
Holladay, who migrated from Virginia to Tyrrell County, j 
N. C, where he died in 1754, leaving sons, Thomas, Joseph 
and Samuel, the first and last being executors of his w^ill. 

There was also a Thomas Holladay, of Chowan County, 
N. C, who died 1744, and from his will seems to have resided 
first in James County, Va., 1725, before moving to North 
Carolina. In 1732 he married Mary Hinton, widow of 
C<)lonel John Hinton, who had eleven children. This, no 
doubt, was a son of the John Holladay, of King William, 
who may have settled first upon landing, in James City 
County. Anthony Holladay, as mentioned by Hening, was 
in Isle of Wright county about 1671, or even earlier, and 
it may be that he was really the first emigrant of the family 
in the colony. He had several children, among whom one 
son, Joseph, who is supposed to have died without issue, 
as he is not mentioned afterwards. Anthony's will was 
probated in Isle of Wight County 1718. He mentions other 
sons, Jonas and Marshall. Though not so stated, it is pre- 
sumed that Captain John Holladay, first of James City 
County, then of King William and Spotsylvania Counties, 
was a son of this Anthony Holladay of Isle of Wight County. 
There are many names given in Spotsylvania records of 
the descendants of Captain John Holladay, many of whom 
serv^ed in the Colonial and Revolutionary Wars with great 
honor, and are to be found upon the militia rolls of the 
State. His children and grandchildren moved into the 
counties of Louisa, Orange and Albemarle and other coun- 
ties, where some of his descendants still reside, among 
whom was the late Rev. Walter Holladay, who was a mis- 
sionary to Persia for many years under the Presbyterian 
Church. He was the son of Rev. Albert Lewis Holladay, 
born in Spotsylvania 1805, and in 1856 was elected president 
of Hampden-Sidney College. Of this family were also Colo- 
nel A. O. Holladay, of Nelson County, Va., and Judge Addi- 
son Holladay of Richmond, Va. 


/ Samuel Holladay, son of William H. Holladay, of North 

Carolina, had sons, John and Samuel, Jr., both died without 
issue. William (born 1770, died 1835), Thomas (born 1776^ 
died 1818), and daughters, Hannah, married Robert Daniel 
Hart; Sarah, married Willis Dixon; Rhoda, married Dr. 
Charles Carr; Frances married William Coward. These 
daughters all have descendants. 

The Hon. William Holladay (Samuel's son) married Ann 
(Nancy) Carr. They have several sons and daughters, 
/ among them Colonel John Holladay (or Holliday), born 1803, 
died 1881, who married Mariah Grimes Speight, daughter 
of General Jesse Speight, who was United States Senator, 
at the time of his death in 1847 from Mississippi. Col. 
John Holliday has several sons: Captain Thomas C. Holli- 
day (1840-1864) graduated in law at the University of 
North Carolina, and was killed at the battle of the Wilder- 
ness, 1864. Benjamin P. (1846-1902) ; John W. (1857- 
1881), an eminent lawyer; Walter R. (1861-1903). Daugh- 
ters, Mary A. (1831-1906), married Hon. Baxter McFarland, 
a prominent lawyer, who was for sixteen years chancellor 
of the First Chancery District of Mississippi ; Marie S. 
(1854 — ) married, Hon. William G. Elkin, Aberdeen, and 
is now the only surviving child; Sallie Bee (1861-1888) twin 
with Walter R., married Hon. Thomas J. McQuiston (1845- 
1901). None of the sons were married. Benjamin P. was 
a great financier and very wealthy. He and Walter R. 
were among the largest planters on the prairies of Missis- 

General Thomas Hollidav (1776-1818), son of Samuel M. 
Elizabeth Hart (1779-1818). They had one son, Tillman 
(1802-1836), married Priscilla Carr, and has descendants. 
The daughters of General Holliday married Sylvester Brown, 

Hawkes, W. J. Croom, Dr. Churchill, Dr. Hendon and 

Lieutenant-Governor Horton, of Texas. All have descend- 
ants. Hon. George H. Brown, judge of Supreme Court 
North Carolina ; Mrs. Rodman, married John Rodman of the 
Supreme Court of North Carolina ; Mrs. Shepard, married 
Judge Shepard of Supreme Court of North Carolina — are 
amongst the numerous descendants of General Thomas Hol- 
liday and his wife Elizabeth (Hart) Holliday. 

I married Miss Mary A. Holliday, and take pleasure in 
giving the line of descent. Her father was Col. John Holli- 
day (1803-1881), his father William Holliday (1770-1835), 
his father was Samuel Holliday, died in 1811, date of birth 
unknown. Hon. William Holliday, Col. John's father, was 
the brother of your ancestor. Gen. Thomas Holliday. Be- 
sides William and Thomas, Samuel Had another son, John, 
who, I think, died unmarried. Samuel may have had an- 


other son, also named Samuel, but of this I am uncertain. 
Samuel had daug-hters — Rhoda, married Dr. Charles Carr; 
Sallie, married Willis Dixon; Francis (I think ^as her 

name) married Mr. Coward, and I have heard there 

was another daughter (of Samuel) who married first — 
Hart, second — Edwards, leaving children by each marriagei 

Gen. Thomas Holliday's children I suppose you know 
about, and of their descendants, etc. Gen. Thomas Holliday 
(1776-1818), married Miss Elizabeth Hart, who died in 

The widow of Samuel Holliday, Elizabeth, also died in 
1818 1 I am not sure, but have an impression that she was 
a Miss Duggan. 

Hon. William Holliday and wife (married in 1796), nee 
Nancy Carr (1778-1847)— had sons, Samuel, 1801-1864; 
Titus, twin with Samuel, 1801-1823, Col. John— wife's fa- 
ther (1809-1820; Thomas, 1815-1867, died unmarried. 
Daughters: Sally W. (1796__) married Richard G. Bright, 
Frances (1798-1867), married Josiah Garland, brother of 
the father of A. H. Garland of Arkansas, who was Goveraor, 
and U. S. Senator and Attorney General in Mr. Cleveland's 
cabinet; Eliza (1810-1832), married Wm. A. Darden; Emily 

Col. John Holliday married Maria Grimes Speight, a 
daughter of Gen. Jesse Speight, who served many terms in 
Congress and was U. S. Senator from this state when he 
died in 1847. The children of Colonel and Mrs. Holliday 
were Mary A. (my wife) born in 1838, Capt. Thos. C. (1840- 
1864), killed in battle of Wilderness Mav 6, '64; Ben P. 
(1846-1902) ; John W. (1857-1881) ; Maria S., 1854, married 
Hon. Wm. G. Elkin, v/ho died in 1897 — they have two 
daughters, Maria and Adelia, the latter recently married 
John W. Gilmore; Sallie B. (1861-1888), married Thomas 
McQuiston, who is now dead ; they left no children ; Walter 
R. (twin with Sallie B), 1861-1903— neither Walter R., John 
W., nor Ben P. married. Mrs. McFarland and I have sons — 
Captain John Baxter, born 1873, Thomas Holliday, born 
1875, Ben Holliday (my law partner), born 1880, and one 
daughter, Anne, born 1878, all living, Ben Holliday McFar- 
land and one one married, his wife was Jean Watson, daugh- 
ter of Hon, Edward Watson, Assistant Attorney General in 
Mr. Cleveland's cabinet and a son of Judge I. W, C. Wat- 
son, Senator from this State in the Confederate Govern- 

I hope you will write me all you may know of the ances- 
try of Samuel Holliday and his wife, Elizabeth. I have not 
been able to go farther back on the genealogical lines, with 
any certainty, than to Samuel and hi? wife. I should also 


like to know what you know of their children and of the 
ancestry of Elizabeth Hart, Gen. Thos. Holliday's wife. 

Respectfully yours, 

(Signed) Baxter McFarland. 

Mrs. Ida Churchill Thomas, N. O. 

"The spelling of this distinguished and unique family, 
Holladay, Holloday, Holliday and Hollyday as given by old 
historians is varied. In early English records it is Holliday 
or Holiday, as supposed to have been taken for a surname 
in commemoration of some festival of the church or "holy 
day." In America it is early found spelled Holladay as well 
as Holliday, which leads to the belief that the two are dis- 
tinct families ; the first being traced from England and the 
last from Ireland, but both probably originated in the same 

"New Orleans, La., Oct. 6, 1920. 
"Mrs. M. C. Torrey, 

"Baird, Miss., 
"Dear Madam : 

"With the paper I am sending you, I also attach a tabula- 
tion of the Holliday family as I have it. This may not be 
far from right, I don't guarantee it, however, to be far 
from right. I as sure it is the original family. My genea- 
logical work began in 1905 and 1908. Since then on ac- 
count of rush of business, I gave it up. 

"Yours truly, 

C. Robt. Churchill." 

1st Generation: 

Samuel Holladay — died 1811 — married Elizabeth — died 
1818. Died in Greene Co., N. C, where he had resided for 
many years before his death. Children of Samuel Holladay 
and wife Elizabeth * 
2nd Generation: 

(a) Thomas Holladay, born in 1776, died 1818. (Called 
Gen. Holladay, but I have never found any proof of military 
services, though it may have been in war of 1812). He 
married Elizabeth Hart. The record of their tombstones in 
the family burying ground in Greene Co., is "Gen. Thos. Hol- 
laday died Dec. 14, 1818, aged 42 years and 7 months. His 
wife, Elizabeth Hart Holliday died Dec. 17, 1818, aged 39 
years and 3 months." Their children were as follows: 
3rd Generation: 

1. Hannah Holliday, married Sylvester Brown (lived first 
in New Bern and later in Washington, D. C. 

2. Elizabeth Hart Holliday. born in Greene Co., May 17th, 
1798, died in 1844. Married Willie Jones Croom, Dec. 17th, 
1837, moved to Greensboro, Alabama. 


3. Lucy Holliday (not Louisiana), married Dr. Claudius 
Eelden Churchill. They moved to New Orleans and had 
children. I do not know their names. 

4. Mary Holliday, married Wm. Hawkes and lived in 
Washington, N. C. Had two daughters and one son (son no 

5. Eliza Holliday, married Gov. Horton of Texas and had 
children, one of them named 'Texas Horton." 

6. Maria Holliday, married Dr. Albert Hendon, moved ei- 
ther to, New Orleans or Mississippi. 

7. Tillman Hollidaj^ (only son), married Priscilla Carr. 
He died Feb. 9th, 1837, in stage wagon, en route to Miss., 
and was buried in South Carolina in the Methodist Church- 
yard, near Linch's Creek on the stage road between Cheraw 
and Camden. They had a son and daughter who with the 
Y/ife proceeded on to Miss., where they lived. 

2nd (feneration (Continued) : 

(b) William Holliday, born 1778, died 1825 (son of Sam- 
uel and Elizabeth), married Mary Nancy Carr. They moved 
to Miss, and have descendants living there. Hon. Baxter 
McFarland's wife was his descendant, lived at Aberdeen, 
Miss., and still resides there, I think. 
2nd (^ieneration (Ckjntinued) : 

(c)John Holliday, born 1799, died unmarried (Mariah 
Greene Speyht?) 

(d) Rhoda, married Charles Carr, moved to Miss, 

(e) Francis, married Coward. 

(f) , married Pope. 

(g) , married Dixon. 

4th Generation: 

Children of the six daughters of Gen. Thos. Holliday and 
wife, Elizabeth Hart: 

1. Children of Hannah H. and Sylvester Brown were: 

a. George Brown, married Martha Bonner — one daughter 
living in New Jersey. 

2. Maria, married Schenck, children living in New 


c. Thos. Holliday Brown died a victim of Mexican crueltj^ 
received while a prisoner in Mexican War. 

d. Susan, married Ben Selby, has grandchildren living in 
Wilson, N. C. 

G. Sylvester, married Elizabeth Bonner, daughter, Mrs. 
James Sheppard of Raleigh, N. C, and son Judge Geo. H. 
Brown, of Supreme Court of N. C, grandson Mr. A. D. Mc- 
Lean, lawyer practising in Washington, N. C. 

f. Hannah H., married John Hare; daughter, Mrs. Han- 
nah Bonner, living in Washington, N. C, has four sons and 
one daughter, all grown. 

2. Mary, married Hawkes, has grand daughter, Mrs. Mery 
Laughinghouse and children living in Washington, N. C. 


3. Elizabeth H. Holiiday and Willie Jones Croom lived in' 
Greensboro, Ala., and all of their descendants hve in Ala. 
except children of their daughter — Camill D. H. Croom, who 
married Judge William Blount Rodman of Washington, N. C. 
Their children are as follows : 

a. Lida Tunstall Rodman, living in Washington, N. C. 
Her nephew, Wm. B. Rodman, Jr. makes his home with her. 
He is a young lawyer. 

b. Col. V/illiam B. Rodman — a lawyer, lives in Norfolk, 
Va., with his family. 

c. Pattie B. R. Guion, wife of Judge 0. H. Guion, lives in 
New Bern, N. C. 

d. Dr. John Croom Rodman lives in Washington with his. 
family and is a practicing lawyer. 

4th Generation (Cont.) : 

4. Eliza Horton. I do not know their descendants. 

5. Maria Hendon. I do not know their descendants. 

6. Lucy Churchill. I shall be very glad to know of her 
descendants. Hope you can give me their names. 


The Holladays or Hollidays first settled in Va., coming 
from England and bringing their coat of arms that had been 
conferred upon Sir Walter Holladay of Bromley, Middlesex, 
England, by Edward IV, in 1470. Anthony Holladay is 
mentioned in Virginia in 1671, and Capt. John Holladay in 
1702. William. H. Holladay emigrated from Va. to N. C. 
and died in 1754, leaving sons Thomas Joseph and Samuel, 
his will dated 1754. I do not know certainly that this Sam- 
uel Holiiday was the father of Gen. Thomas Holiiday, but 
presume he was. Hon. Baxter McFarland, of Aberdeen, 
Miss., was quite interested in establishing this record some 
years ago, but I think he did not obtain all the records. His 
son (I think), Ben. H. McFarland, is now living in Aberdeen, 
Miss. As you will see by the foregoing, Judge McFarland 
married Mary Holiiday, grand daughter of William Holiiday, 
and son of Samuel H. and brother of Gen. Thos. Holiiday. 

Elizabeth Hart, wife of Gen. Thos. Holiiday, was of the 
Va. family of Harts, and we have always supposed that she 
was either a sister or niece of Col. Thos. Hart of Hillsboro, 
N. C, a member of the provincial Congress of N. C. and an 
officer in the Revolution. Moved to Kentucky and died 
there in 1808. It is a little singular that Col. Thos. Hart's 
wife. Gray, was the first cousin of my great-grandfather on 
my father's side, and we think that my mother's grand' 
mother was his sister, Elizabeth Hart. I would like to be 
able to trace all this up but have been unable to do so. 


Dated at Wharton, Texas, 1903 

Tfee children of General Thomas Holliday of N. C. were: 

Hannah, who married Thomas Brown of Raleigh, N. C. 
Her descendants live in Washington, N. C. 

Mary, who marired Thomas Hawkes, a lawver of Raleigh, 
N. C. Children all dead. 

Maria, who married Dr. Albert Hendon of N. C. Descend- 
ants are in Greensboro, Ala. 

Eliza, who married Albert C. Horton, afterwards Lieut.- 
Gov. of Texas. Her descendants (grandchildren only) all 
Jive here. 

Elizabeth, who married Wilie Jones Groom, mother of 15 
children. Eleven lived to maturity. Three are now at ad- 
vanced ages : Mrs. E. A. Tunstall, 85 years. John L. Groom 
(my father), 79 years of age; Laura Hill, Montgomery, Ala., 
65 years. Grandma's descendants, by the eleven children 
live in the following states : North Carolina, Alabama, Mis- 
sissippi, Texas. 

Only son of Gen. Thomas Holliday, Tillman, grew to man- 
hood, but never married. I have the Holliday family Bible 
which is 120 years old. Our great-grandfather, General 
Holliday, was in the Revolutionary War. 

Thomas H. Brown — a — a soldier of the Texas Revolution, 
liad quite a remarkable career as a prisoner. Was sent to 
Matam.oras, made to work in a chain gang, during Van 
Buren's administration. Neither the President nor our 
Minister to Mexico could get him released. Finally the 
Catholic Bishop of N. C. interceded with the Bishop of Mex- 
ico, and he was set free. He died many years ago. Don't 
know the name of any other children, but she had a very 
eminent grandson, Judge Thomas H. Brown, of Washington, 
N. C. 


She had two sons, both grew to manhood, now dead : 
Thomas H. and Francis Hawkes — a — Francis had no chil- 
dren. Thomas left one child, Mrs. Dr. Harris. Don't know 
where she lives now. • 

Albert Hendon — a — Don't know of his marriage or 
descendants lived in Greensboro, Ala. 

Hanna — a — 

Mary Houston — a — lived in St. Louis the last I heard of 


She had six children, only two lived to be grown : 
Patience Texas — a — m.arried Lsaac Dennis, died in 1864, 
left one child: 


Lida Texas — a — who married Willie J. Croom, son of 
John L. Croom. She died in 1880, leaving only one child. 


Robert J. Horton — a — married Mary Hawes in Mata- 
gorda, Texas, 1864. He died, 1902, leaving 5 daughters and 
one son: 

Carrie Foote (widow), the oldest child lives in Houston, 
Texas, has two children, Horton Foote and Lfilie Foote: 

Louisiana Irving, married Dr. Ining of Wharton in 
1902, has no children; 

Mary Davis, married Jim Davis, 1898 in Del Rio, Texas. 
Has no children. 

Rena Rugby, married Alex Rugby in 1902, has one child, 
Alex, Jr., lives in Wharton; 

Albert C. Horton, lives in Houston, married Mabel Mar- 
tin in 1902; has one child, Willa Marie; 

Lida Horton, single. 


His first wife was Lida Texas Dennis (this marriage 
joined the two lives of the sisters, Elizabeth and Eliza Hol- 
lidaj^ in one), they had five children: Lida, Dennis, Ellen 
Rosa, Wilie J., Jr., Horton Fry, and his twin brother, bom 
dead. All these children died in infancy except the oldest, 
Lida, now Mrs. James Franklin Hodges. She married J. F. 
Hodges in 1894 in Georgetown, and lives in Wharton and 
has two children: Willie Croom and James Franklin. 

Wilie J. Croom married his 2nd wife, Marienne Davis in 
1884, has by her only one child (unmarried) Marienne Davis 

Rosa F. McCamly married Frederick Clarence McCamly in 
Matagorda, Tex., 1874, had five children: Rosa Croom, Ada 
Kelley, Magie Clare, John Croom, and F. C. McCamly, Jr. 
Magie Clare and John Croom died in infancy. Ada Keliy 
died in her 20th year, unmarried. 

Rosa Croom married Pettus Stansbury in 1898, has one 
child, Fred McCamby Stansbury, aged 6 years. 

Fred C. McCamby, Jr., aged 18, unmarried, living in 
Sealy, Texas. 

John L. Croom, Jr., married Gay Harold Powel in Victoria, 
Texas, in 1882 ; had two children. Gay Harold, who died in 
infancy, and Rosa Forrest, who married Peyton G. Gwynne, 
and lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She has one child, Gay 
Croom Gwynne. 

Most of this record is copied from the old Bible and given 
me word for word by my father, now in his 79th year. 




(Note: Anthony Holliday. emigrant, b. 1671 — d., 1695, 

seems to have been the father of Captain John Holliday. 


He appears to have had another son Thonias HoUiday, d. 

(1) Emigrant: Captain John Holliday, emigrant, settled 
1702 in Virginia, Spotsylvania County, d. 1742. 
Children of the above — 
2a — Joseph. 
2b — Benjamin. 
2c— William H., d. 1754. 
2d— John, d. 1795. 
2e — Daniel. 
2f— Elizabeth. 
2g— Sarah. 
2h — Suzanna. 
{2c) William H. Holliday, d. 1754 in Tyrell County, N. C. m. 
Mary Hinton. Children of the above — 
"Sa- Thomas, d. 1744. 

3b — Samuel, d. 1811, in Greene County, N. C. 
m. Elizabeth Duggan in 1763, daughter of 
John Duggan, d. 1818. 
3c — Joseph (Lieut.), and daughter, names not 
{3b) Samuel Holliday, d. 1811 in Greene County, N. C. ra. 
Elizabeth Duggan in 1763. Children of the above — 
4a— John, d. 1788. 
4b — Samuel, Jr., d. without issue, 
4c — Hannah, m. Daniel Hart. 
4d— Col. William— b. 1770— d., 1833. m. Nancy 

4e_Gen. Thomas, b. 1776, d. 1818; m. Eliza- 
beth Hart. 
4f — Sarah, m. Willis Dixon. 
4g — Rhoda, m. Dr. Chas. Carr. 
4h — Frances, lived in Mississippi, m. Wm. 
(4e) Gen. Thomas Holliday, b. 1776, d. 1818; m. Elizabeth 
Hart. Children of the above — 

5a— Tillman, b. 1802, d. 1836; m. Priscilla 

5b — Hannah: m. Sylvester Brown. One 
daughter, m. Bonner, grandchild of Mrs. 
Hannah H. Bonner, Washington, N. C. 
5c — Mary, m. Thomas Hawks. 
5d — Elizabeth, m. Wiley J. Croom. 
5e — Lucy (Louisiana), m. Dr. Claudius Bel- 
don Churchill. 
5f— Eliza, m. Mr. M. C. Horton. 
5g — Maria, m. Dr. Albert Henden. 
(4d) Col. William Holliday, b. 1770, d. 1833; m. Nancy Carr. 
Served in North Carolina Legislature, 1812-1814. 
His Son (5h) Col. John, b. 180), d. 1881 ; m. Mariali 
Grimes Speight. 


(5d) Elizabeth Holliday, said to have been the mother of 
fifteen children, m. Wiley J. Croom, Children of 
the above — 

6a — John L. Croom, son (7h) Wiley J. Croom, 
6b — Mrs. E. A. Tunstall, Greensboro, Ala. 
6c — Laura M. (Hill), Montgomery, Ala., has 
two sons who are noted physicians in 
6d— Richard Croom, one granddaughter, Miss 
Lida Tunstall Sodmay, and two grand- 
sons, Wiley Croom Rodman and William 
Blount Rodman, Jr., reside in Washing- 
ton, N. C. 
(5e) Lucy Holliday, m. Dr. Claudius Belden Churchill. 
Children of the above — 

6e— Charles Holliday, d. 1869. 
6f — Sylvester Brown, d. 
6g — ^Claudia Isabella, d. 
6h — Wiley Croom, d. 
6i — Thomas Holliday, d. 
6j — Hannah Brown, d. 
6k — Zacharie Taylor, d. 
(5h) Col. John Holliday, b. 1803, d. 1881, m. Mariah Grimes 
Speight. Children of above — 

61— Capt. Thomas C, b. 1840, d. 1864. 

6m— Benjamin P., b. 1846, d. 1902. 

6n— Walter R., b. 1861, d. 1905. 

6o— John W., b. 1857, d. 1881. 

6p— Mary A., b. 1831, d. 1906; m. Baxter Mc- 

Farland, Aberdeen, Miss. 
6q— Maria Speight, b. 1864, m. Wm. C. Elbin. 
6r— Sallie B., b. 1861, d. 1888; twin of Walter 
R.; m. Thomas J. McQuvition, Aberdeen, 
(5f) Eliza Holliday, m. C. Horton, Lt. Gov. Texas. Child 
of above — 

6s — Lida, Wharton, Texas. 
(jBa) John L. Croom. Child of above — 

7a — Mrs. Rosa McCamly, Houston or Wharton, 
<6^) Charles Holliday Churchill, m. Martha Thorn. Chil- 
dren of above — 

7b — C. Robert Churchill, New Orleans, La. 
7c — Ida Frances, m. J. F. Thomas, New Or- 
leans, La. 
(6g) Claudia Isabella Churchill, m. M. J. Ferguson. Child 
of above — 

7d — Luly Ferguson, m. P. G. Riddel. 
(7c) I(3a Frances Churchill, m. J. F. Thomas. Child of 
above — 


8a— Ida Churchill, m. S. J. Knott, New Or- 
leans, La. 
(7d) Luly Ferguson, m. P. G. Riddell. Child of above— 

8b — Ferguson Riddell, d. 1919. 
(5a) Tillman Holhday, b. 1778, d. 1835; m. Priscilla Carr. 

Had a son and a daughter, lived in Mississippi. 
(5b) Hannah Holliday, m. Sylvester Brown. Lived first in 
New Bern, N, C, later in Washington, N. C. Has 
one son (6t) Thomas H. Brown, of Washington, 
N. C. 
(5c) Mary Holliday, m. Thomas Hawkes. Lived in Wash- 
ington, N. C. Had two daughters and two sons — 
6u— Thomas H. 
6v — Francis. 

6w — Mary M, Laughinghouse. Daughter, 
Hary Holladay Hawkes of Washington, 
N.' C. Son, Thomas H., had one child, 7f 
— Mrs. Dr. Harirs. 
(5f) Eliza Holliday, m, C. Horton, late governor of Texas. 
Had two daughters, 6x, Patience Texas, m. Isaac 
Dennis, d. 1864, who left one daughter, 7h, Lida 
Texas, who m. Willie J. Croom, son of John L. 
Croom, 6a — d, 1880, Wharton, Texas, leaving one 
daugthter, 8c — Lida. 
(5g) Maria Holliday, m. Dr. Albert Hendon, moved to 
Greensboro, Ala. 



Albin, D. M. 85 

" D. M., children of 85 

" E. B. 86 

" Louise S. 86 

" Mary W. 85 

" Robert H. 85 

Alexander, Amos 153 

" Anna E. 154 

" A. F. 153 

" A. F., children of 153 

" Benton 153 

" C. F 153 

" J. F. 153 

" J. L. 153 

" Luzetta 86 

" Mary 154 

" Robert 153 

" Sallie B. 153 

Alford, A. S. 35 

" H. 33 

" James 33 

•' Kate 35 

" Mamie 33 

" Minnie 33 

" Warren 33 

" Warren, children of 33 

Allen, Annie 141 

" Bettie 141 

" B. F. 141 

" Chas. E. 141 

" E. H. 139 

" E. H., children of 140 

" Frank 26 

" Harriet 141 

" Hattie 30 

" Jessie 26 

" Mattie L. 141 

" Phillip 26 

" Robert 26 

" R. Q. 26- 141 

" Rodney 32 

" Rosa L. 141 

" Sallie 141 

" Sevmour R. 140 

" Zula 26 

Arnall, Annie Pope 163 

" F, M. 163 

Arnett, Oliver 23 

" Samuel 23 

" Sedmore 24 

Arringlon, Alice 74 

" Sam 74 

Ashmore, Mildred 23-24 

" Patience 23 

" William 23 


Askew, S. K. 87 

" Thomas 87 

Baggett, J. M. 34 

" Mary E. 34 

" Thomas 34 

" Thos., children of 34 

Bailey,- Allen L. 214 

" Allen L., children of 24 

" F. J. 24 

" Mildred I. 24 

" Peyton 24 

Baird, Anna H. 128 

" Dorothy T. 127 

" H. L 129 

" Hermine 72 

«' j_ (2^ 129 

" J. C, children of 129 

" J. C, Jr. 129 

" John R. 90-124 

John R., children of 124 

"John R., II 129 

" Nancy C. 69-128 

" Thos. C. 124 

" Thos. C, children of 127 

" Thos. C. Jr. 128 

Baker, Alice J. 154 

" Everard 154 

" Everard, children of 154 

" E. G. 154 

" E. G., children of 154 

" E. G. Sr., 153 

" E. G. the III 154 

" Florence 154 

" Frances T 154 

" F. N 154 

" Jeanette 154 

" J. F. 154 

" J. H. 154 

" Laura A. 154 

" Lizzie A. 154 

" Martha G. 154 

" Nellie 154 

" Otis 154 

" Q. 154 

" R. L. 154 

" Sallie B. 154 

" V. A. 154 

" W. C. 154 

Baldwin, Annie 140 

Balfour, Josephine 154 

Ball, Sophia 158 

Becker, A. L. 33 

" Francis 33 

" Thomas 33 

" W. H. 33 

" W. H. Jr. 33 

Bell, Josephine 32 

Berry, W. D. 31 

" W. D. Jr. 31 

Biddle, Francis 21 

" Julian W. 21 

" Julian W., children 21 

" Noble 21 

" J. W. 20 

Bilbro, A. J. O. 36 

Billingsley, Oliver 162 

Boody, I. R. 74 

Bovard, Mollie 30 

Bradley, Miss Page 72 

" Sarah 78 

Bridges, Annie W. 35 

" Caroline 35 

" Edna 35 

" Hugh 37 

" Isla 35 

" James 35 

" James, children of 35 

" Jincey 35 

" J. F. 35 

*' Julius 35 

" Kate A. 35 

" Lucile 35 

" Martha 30-38 

" Mary L. 35 

" Matilda A. 35 

" Mattie 35-141 

" Quinn 35 

" Richard R. 29-35 

" Richard R., children of__ 35 

" Robert 35 

Broaddus, Agnes 23 

" Annie J. 22 

" Annie C. 23 

" E. A. 22 

*' E. S. 22-23 

" E. S., children of 23 

" Martha C. 23 

" Matilda A. 22 

" T. C. 22 

" T. C, children of 22 

" T. P. 22 

Brogdon, J. S. 81 

Brown, Mary Y. 76 

Brunner, Clara C. 27 

Bulloch, Charles 26 

" John 25 

" John, children of 26 

" Mary 26 

Burton, D. N. 73 

" Maria 76 

" Nancy 28 

Campbell, Alonzo 160 

" David 160 

" David, children of 160 

"' Elizabeth 160 

" Gertrude M. 152 

" Mary 160 

Cantleon, Caroline 159-160 

" Virginia 159 

Carter, Aklia 158 

" Anna 168 

" E. L. 158 

\ " J. E. 158 

" J. E., children of 158 

" Jerre E, 158 

" M. H. 158 

" Mattie 158 

" W. P. 158 

Carruth, L. 139 

" Mabel 139 

" Norma 139 

" R. M. 139 

Cassidy, Miss H. 36 

Catchings, Anastasia 14 

" Angela 141 

" Angelina , 139 

" Ann 30-141 

" Anne 23-30-84 

" Anna E., children of __ 23 

" Annie A. 84 

" Annie C. 23 

" A. S. 32 

" A. S., Jr. 32 

" Archie S. 31-32 

** Augustus 36 

" Augustus, children of __ 36 

" Augustus, 2d 36 

" Baird 72 

" Benjamin __9 to 20 inc. 39 

" Benjamin, children of 20 

" Benj. H. 80-81 

" Benj. H. Dr. 157 

" Benj. Holliday 49-77 

" Benj. Holliday, children of 7 

" Benj, H., children of 71 

" B. S. 72-139 

" Bessie 25-139 

" Blair 141 

" Blanche 139 

" Camilla 20-21 

" Caroline 33 

" Carolina M. 29-34 

" Caroline R. 31 

" Charlie 39 

" Charles 21-27-139 

" C. B. 32 

" Charles E., Jr. 27 

" Charles R. 84 

" Charles S. 31 

" Christopher 15 

" Clinton D. 84 

" Cordelia 21 

" Cornelius 29 

" C. Q. 31 

" Donald 139 


Edward 29 

E. A. 141 

E. G. 21-23 

E. G., chilrren of 23 

E. H. 23 

Eliza 15 

Eliza H. 29-33 

Elizabeth 12-15-144 

Ellis 31-32 

Emma 42-72-73 

Emma M. 139 

Emma S. 84-88 

Emily 29 

Ezeklal 12144 

Eva G. 21 

Fanny 21-29-30 

Florence 139 

Frances 71 

Frank 25-26-157 

Frank, children of 26 

F. B. 31 

F. B., children of 31 

F. B. Jr. 31 

F. P. 80 

Gauce 139 

Gladys 81 

Grace H. 27 

Greenville 33 

H. H. _. 73 

Harriet 25-27-29-30-157 

Harriet E. 71-77-78 

Hari'iet M 72-73 

Henry 9 

H. L 141 

Ida S. 33 

Isabelle 141 

Isabelle W. 31 

Jack 80 

Jane 25-26 

Jerry 31 

James W. 141 

John N. 29 

John 26-29-139 

John N., children of 29 

John Noel 29 

John T. 144 

Jonathan 20-35 

Jonathan 2d 36 

Joseph 10 

Jos., children of 12 

Joseph 9-12-13-14-20-29 

Joseph 37-39 

Joseph, children of 49 

Joseph B. 20 

Joseph 139-144-156 

Joseph, children of 144 

Joseph Benjamin 72 

Joseph Blair 30 

Jos. Blair, children of__ 30 
Joseph H. 157 


Joseph L. 139 

Joseph M. 31-32-84 

Joseph O. 31 

Josephine 20-76-79 

Josephine E. 134 

Julia C. 145 

Katherine 36 

Katherine 80 

Laura 29 

Leile R. 31-76 

Leona 139 

Levista J. 20 

Londie 42 

Louer.a 73 

Louisa 76 

Louise 32-80 

Lourane 36 

Lourane D. 36 

Loj'ce 33 

Lucy M. 31 

Lucy R. 32 

Mabel 139 

Magige 26-80 

Margaret 31-141 

Margaret E. 31 

Marjorie 72 

Martha 31-41-144 

Martha C. 21-22 

Martha B. 31 

Martha L. 84, 87 

Mary 31-42-84-144 

Mary A. 68-82 

Mary Clendinen 88 

Marv E. 139 

Mar>^ K. 141 

Mary M. 29-30 

Mary P. 31-33 

Mary R. 29-33 

Matilda 15-25 

Matilda W. 36 

May 31 

M. E. 31 

Meredith 9-13-14 

Merry W. 76 

Mildred 15-25 

Myra P. 31 

Missouri 25-26 

Nail 139 

Nancy 12-144 

Nannie 26-42-81-141 

N. C. 90 

Nannie L. 76 

N. C. 124 

Nollie 72 

N. M. 104 

Newton W. 27 

Nicholas 27 

Noel 30 

Nora 139 

Nora S. 73 

Oliver W. 27-133 

Palatyre 29-35 

Phillip 9-13-14-21-25 

Phillip, children of 25 

Phillip 28-29 

Phillip, children of 28 

Phillip, Dr. 141 

Phillip A. 20 

Phillip M. 141 

Phillip M. Jr. 141 

Phillip M. Dr 30 

Phillip M. Dr., children 

of 30-141 

Phillip S. 20-28-140 

Rhoda 12-144 

Richard 0. 31 

Robert 139 

Robt. J. 76 

Robt. J. Jr. 31 

Robt. D. 31 

Robt. S. 21 

Robt S., children of 21 

Ruby 139 

Sadie 139 

Sallie 26-139 

Sallie Dickerson 139 

Sallie Dickerson, children 

of 139 

Sallie D. 71-140 

St. Clare 26 

Sarah 12-42-144 

Sarah 29 

Sarah F 72 

Sarah M. 83-87 

Seymour ..9-12-13-14-39-139 

Seymour S. 20-21 

Seymour S., children of.. 20 

Seymour S., Jr. 20 

Seymour Scott 139 

Seymour Scott, children 

of 139 

Silas 15-36-42-72-139 

Silas F. 72 

Silas F., children of 73 

Silas M. 40 

Silas Mercer 49 

Silas Mercer, children 

of 8-82-83-84 

Silas Mercer Jr. 83 

Thomas 141 

T. A. Dr. 36-37-42-81-84 

T. A., children of 84 

Thos. E. 72 

T. C. 
_ 41-61-96-97-98-104-122-130 

T. C, children of 130 

Mrs. T. C. 97 

Dr. T. J 

__. 27-40-42-50-64-71-88-105 
Dr. T. J., children of 88 

" T. J. 72 

" T. J., children of 72 

" Thos. Page 72 

" Virginia M. 36-82 

" Virginia 84 

" Waddill 72-73 

" Wallace 31 

" Walter 20 

" Walter S 31 

" Walter S., children of.__ 32 

" Walter S. Jr. 32 

" Walter W. 30-141 

" Warren 25 

" Warren, children of 25 

" W. B. 15 

" Willard 139 

" William 20-26-139 

" Wm. Baird 72 

" William Benj. 72 

" Wm. H. 21-25-27-29 

" Wm. H., children of 25 

" Wm. S. 77 

" Willroy 141 

Causey, Chas. E. 139 

" H. F. 139 

" Ivy 139 

" R. H. 139 

" Sallie M. 139 

" T. F. 139 

" Wm. M. 139 

Chambers, J. C. 79 

" N. M. 79 

" R. A. 79 

Chamberlain, Allen 20 

" Eva G. 20 

" E. P. 20 

" Children of 20 

" E. P. Jr. 20 

" Pauline 20 

" William 20 

Clendinen, Nancy M. 50 

Coke, Lucy 143 

Collins, Eliza 36 

" Collins, Mr. 36 

" Joinathan 36 

" Lourainey 36 

" Lurline 30 

" Walter ^- 30 

Colvin, Grafton 72 

" Grafton Jr. 72 

" Jane 72 

" Marjorie 72 

Corly, Cornelia 35 

Corey, Tenie 79 

Cox, James R. 76 

Criddle, Mildred 17-19 

Davidson, Dr. James 74 

" Dr. T. J. 74 

Davis, Chas. A. 165 

Dean, L. Y. Jr. 24 


" M. J. 24 

" M. T. 24 

Devine, Hulda 140-144 

Dickerson, Martha 156 

Dickson, A R. 27 

" Adrian 28 

" David C 27 

" David C, children of __ 27 

" David R. 27 

" Daniel 27-28 

" Dudley 28 

" Earl 28 

" Harriet 27 

" H. J. 27 

" J. L. 27 

" J. L. Jr. 28 

" Julia D. 28 

" Lawrence 27 

" Louisa 27 

" Martha C. 27 

" Mary 28 

" N. C. 28 

" P«ter 28 

" Robert 28 

" Wm. 25 

" Wm., children of 27 

" Zach 87 

Dill, Mr. 160 

" Mr., childre nof 160 

" Hattie 160 

" Thaddeus 160 

Dinkins, Lillian C. 79 

Dixon, Annie K. 87 

" B. T 87 

" Daisy A. 87 

" Emma V 87 

" Mary S. 87 

" Silas A. 87 

" Wm. 84 

" Wm., children of 87 

Dodge, Isadora E. 75 

" James 75 

" W. H. 75 

" W. M. C. 75 

" W. M. C, children of __ 75 

Drake, Edah S. 81 

" Edith . 40 

"Edith S. 50 

Diiffy, Magg-ie 139 

Dulaney, Georgia 25 

" William —36 

Eaton, Lizzie 76 

Edmonds, Floy 160 

" Margaret 160 

" Salile 159 

" Samuel 159 

" Samuel, children of 160 

Elliott, Martha C. H. 161 

" Rhodes 161 

" Rhodes, children of 161 

" Wm. H. 161 

Ellis, Evelyn 31 

" Martha 31 

" Newton 31 

Enochs, Edwina 32 

" I. C. 31-32-80 

" L C, children of 32 

" L C. Jr. 32 

" James L. 79 

" James L., children of 80 

" James L. Jr. 80 

" J. F. 80 

" Lucy 32 

" Marv C. 32 

" M. S. 80 

Evans, Mary 156 

Fairchild, Miss 36 

Famam, N. C. 152 

Felker, Hester 164 

Ferguson, Pinkie 35 

Ferman, Arthur 158 

Fever, Miss 163 

Fields, Peter 145 

Fleming, Benton 153 

" Dinah 153 

" Dinah, children of ___153-154 

" Emilv D. 153 

" Hinds 153 

" Holliday 153 

" Mrs. Jane 148 

" Jane B. 153 

<< T Q "iBS 

" J*. G., children of 153 

" J. N. 153 

" Robert F. 153 

" Sarah 153-154 

" W D. 153 

" Young 153 

Fly, Ella 71-72 

!Flournoy, Fannie 25 

" J. A. 25 

" J. A., children of 25 

" Martha L. 25 

" Mildred 25 

" Salonia 25 

" Sarah A. 25 

" T. M. 25 

" William A. 25 

Ford, Sarah 150-152 

Forsyth, James 71 

" James S. 71 

Fortner, Sedley 29 

" Susan 29 

" Turner 29 

Galloway, George 162 

Gano, Kate 142 

Goodloe, Mary 143 

Griffin, E. 160 

" E., children of 160 

" Amanda 161 


" Katherine _• 156 

" Lizzie 160 

" Nancy G 159 

" Willie 160 

Haley, Mona L. 78 

Hamilton, Annie L. 75 

" Geo. Wm.. 74 

" Geo. Wm., children of-_ 75 

" James Norman 75 

" Mary 78 

Hammock, Sarah 156 

Harrison, Nancy 152 

Hatfield, Ida 23 

Head, Artemesia 12-144-145 

" Charles 77 

" Charles A. 77 

" Charles, Jr. 77 

" Rebecca Louise 77 

" Samuel Potts 77 

" Thos. 12-144 

" Willis B. 77 

HemingTvay, David M. ___82-84-87 
" David M., children of__84-85 

" Kate McW. 86 

" Mary A. C. 40 

" Mary C. __85 

" Nannie C. 84 

" Thos. C. 86 

" William 87 

Henck, David M. 87 

" Joseph 87 

" Mar^erite L. 87 

" Memelle 87 

Henderson, Loraine 76 

" Mary 76 

Hennington, Benj. __29 

" Benj. children of 30 

" Fannie 30 

" Frank 30 

" Henry H. 30 

" Lamar 30 

" Rosa 30 

Higginbotham, Letitia 49-71 

Hill, Duncan 158 

" Lucy 158 

" Mary Annie 157-158 

Holliday, Abraham 158 

" Alice M. 161 

" Allen 156-161 

" Allen, children of 161 

" Allen L. 162 

" Allen Thos. 156 

" Allen T., children of 161 

" Amelia 161 

" Andrew J. 152 

" Anna E. 158 

" Annie 162 

" Annie N. 162 

Augustus 158 * 

Aytes 147-148 


' Ayres, children of 151 

' Benj. 78 

■ CarlM 159 

' Cassender 157 

' Catherine 78 

' Cynthia 157-164 

' Dickerson 152-156 

' Dickerson, children of 157 

' Dickerson Jr. 158 

Dickerson, Jr., children of 158 

Dickerson W. 158 

Elizabeth 151-155 

Elijah 147 

Elijah, children of 148 

Emily 25-26-157 

Emily C. 158 

Ernest D, 158 

Eugenia 156-159 

Evaline 162 

Fletcher 161 

Flora 149-156 

Flora T. 161 

Frances 158 

F. A. C. 161 

Francis E. 162 

Franklin 152 

Foy 158 

Georgia O. 156-160 

G R 158 

g! R*., "children'of''''l58-159 
Gibson 152 

G. R. Jr. 158 

Harriet 37-149 

Hariet T 78 

Henry G. 162 

L N. 157 

L N., children of 161-162 

Jane 157 

Jeanette 153 

Jesse Mercer 161 

Jesse Mercer, children of 162 

J. M. 162 

Jahn 147 

John, children of 152-153 

John 156 

John T. 162 

Joseph 147-150 

Josephine 78 

Joseph E. 161 

J. R. 156-161 

Lamar 162 

Laura C. 162 

Leslie 162 

Lizzie M. 162 

Louisa 157-158 

Malidia 161 

M. A. 158 

Martha 151-157-158-162 

Martha E. 162 

Mary 37-49-78-156-158 

" Mary A. _ 161 

" Mary E. 162 

" Mary J. 159 

" Mary L. 161-162 

" Margaret 151-155-161 

" Minerva 153 

" Myrtle 161 

" Nancy 151 

"Nannie L. 158 

" Nathanial R. 157 

" Nathanial R., children 

of 157-158 

" N. W. 158 

" Ollie 162 

" Omar 161 

" O. T. 165 

" Ophelia 158 

" Otis 161 

" Peter J. 161 

" Peter J., children of 161 

" R. E. 162 

" R. I. 156 

" R. I., children of 156-157 

" Robert 152 

" R. J. 156 

" Rosa L. 162 

" Sallie 151 

" Sarah 153-156-159 

" Sarah J. 162 

" Simeon 157-162 

" S. R. 158 

" Thomas 39-147-149 

" Thomas, children of 156 

" Thomas 162 

" Thomas, children of 162 

" Thomas C. 78 

" Thomas D. 162 

" Thomas H. 157 

" Thomas L. 77 

" Thomas L., children of__ 78 

" T. 151 

" Thomas 157 

" Thomas 156 

" Warren 158 

" William 161 

" W. B. 161 

" William 161 

" W. T. 161 

" W. T. H. 158 

" W. Z. 161 

Holloman, Estelle J. 79 

" Frank 78 

" Harriet 78 

" Hattie R 79 

" Jessie L. 78 

" John H. 78 

" John H., Jr 78 

" Leonidas 78 

" Leonidas, Jr. 78 

" Mary E. 78 


" Mary L. 78 

" Stella M. 79 

" Thomas B. 78 

" Thomas B., children of 78-79 

" Thomas W. 78 

Hope, Clara V. 34 

Hudson, Barnes 73 

" Byrne 73 

" Emma 143 

" Fred 73 

" Fred, children of 73 

" T. C 73 

" Wilma 73 

Hutchings, Annie D. 21-23 

" Matilda 21 

Hutchison, Ada 76 

" Fountain 76 

" Elizabeth 76 

" Mildred 76 

" Nanine 76 

Jackson, W. S. 161 

Jacobs, Margaret M. 141 

Johnson, Catohings B. 31-76 

" John 76 

" John, 2nd 76 

" Loranie 76 

" Lou 76 

" Margaret 148 

" Mary 76 

" Nannie C. 77 

" Olivia 148-151 

Jones, Dudley 88 

" Louise 21 

" Maud L. 88 

" Minnie 88 

Kelly, W. W. 28 

King, Bettie 163 

" C. 163 

" Elizabeth J L. 34-74 

" Elziphan 162 

" Elziphan, children of __ 163 

" Elziphan, Jr. 163 

" Evanda 163 

" Holley 163 

" James 163 

",Mattie 163 

" Walker 163 

Lacy, Sarah Overton 151-152 

Landrum, Harvey C. 86 

" J. H. 86 

" Jane W. 86 

" L. B. 86 

" Mary M. 86 

" Percy M. 86 

" Ruth M. 86 

Laprelle, M. E. 27 

Lawson, Josephine 158 

Leslie, Sarah _' 162 

Lewis, Emma S. 88 

" James 33 

" James E. _— 84 

" James E., children of___ 88 

" J. L. 88 

" Sarah 155 

Liddell, V. B. 73 

" Wm. H. 73 

Lilly, A. A 31 

" A. A., children of 33 

" A. A. Jr. 33 

" Albert A 33 

" Jennie 139 

" Kenneth 33 

" Verner 33 

Lockwood, L. G. 30 

Long, M. E. 127-129 

Love, Annie 143-144 

" Annie W. 35-143 

" Bessie 143 

" Delia 143 

" Harriet E. 139-141 

" Harriet J. 144 

" Hugh 144 

" Ida 144 

" J. F. 140 

" J, F., children of 144 

" James 144 

" Kate 143 

" Mamie 143 

" Martha 144 

" Martha D. 139-140 

" Mary 144 

" Mary M. 144 

" Pearl 144 

" Robert 71 

" Robert 139 

" Robert, children of 139 

" Robert H. 143 

" Robert H., children of__ 143 

" Robert E 144 

" Rosa C. 144 

" Rosa 140 

" Sallie D. 143 

" Sarah W. 144 

" T. J. 144 

" T. J., children of 144 

" Walter 144 

" William 143-144 

" William C. 140-143 

" William C, children of.. 143 

Luce, Henry 153 

Madden, Delia A. 152 

Magee, Daniel 27 

Bettie 27 

Felix 27 

Felix, children of 27 

Felix Jr. 27 

Henry 27 

Nancy 27 

Sallie 27 

Saphronia 27 

Manship, Lewis 76 

Marshall, Ada 29-139 

" Angeline 29 

" Charles 29 

" Harriet 29 

" Noel 29 

" Robt. H. 29 

Martin, Nancy 20 

" Susan 80 

Massengill, Laura 26 

" May 31 

Massey, J. C. 27 

Massie, Emily 88 

Mason, Calhoun 36 

" Ellen 37 

" Francina 36 

" Wiley 36 

" W. W. 36 

Mayfield, James 162 

Meek, Daisy 75 

Miller, Bessie 26 

" Emma 26 

" George 26 

" Irene 26 

" John 26 

" J. M. 31-32 

" J. C. 31 

" Robert 26 

Milsaps, H. T. 155 

" Martha 155 

" Mary E. 155 

" Sarah 155 

" Thomas 151 

" Thos., children of 155 

" Thos. E. 155 

" Thos. J. 155 

" Uriah 155 

" Wm. 155 

Moncrief, Nancy 159 

Moore, Dorris 80 

" Margaret 80 

" Noble 80 

" Robert C. 80 

McDaniel, Egbert 164 

" Gypsy 164 

" H. D. 164 

" Ira 0. 162 

" Ira O., children of 164 

" Ira Jr. 164 

" Rapley 164 

" Sanders 164 

McGuire, Francis 155 

" Mary 152 

McKay, Mary F. 28 

McKee, Elizabeth 72 

McKinnell, C. O. 31 

McKinney, Miss 159 

McLaurin, Daniel 140-141 

" Delta 143 

" Hugh C. 139 


" Hugh C, children of 


" John 142 

" John G. 143 

" Katherine 142 

" Laughlin 142 

" Louella 141 

" Maurice 142 

" Nancy 139 

" Nanine C. 141 

" Sallie C. 141 

'' Robert L 141 

McNeal, J. C. 36 

Nail, Winnie 139 

Neal, Mary 162-163 

Newton, Jere 77 

" Louise 77 

" Oscar 76 

" Oscar, Jr. 76 

Nixon, Ella 76 

Norman, Annie L. 75 

" Annie M. 75 

" Bessie M. 75 

" Caroline B. 75 

" Caroline C. 75 

" Daisy M. 75 

" Daniel 29-34 

" Daniel, children of 34 

" E. L. 35 

" E. L., children of 35 

" E. J. 75 

" James M. 34-75 

" Kate C. 75 

" Lucy R. 75 

" Lula M. 75 

" Mary 35 

" Mary E. 74-75 

" Mary M. 34 

Norman, Montgomery 74 

" Palatire 34 

" P. R. 34 

" P. M. 76 

" P. C. 34 

« P. B. 76 

"P. K. 75 

" P. K., children of 76 

" R. S. 35 

" W. W. 75 

" W. W., children of 75 

Nugent, L. C. 32 

Nunnally, Aaron 157 

Owens, Ella 33 

" Susan 164 

Owings, Charlotte 152 

O'Neal, Nancy 152 

Pace, J. H. 162 

Paine, A. D. 154 

" L. B. 154 

Paschel, J. L. 161 

Patterson, Mrs. J. C. 158 

Pearce, J. T. 158 

Piatt, A. H. 73 

*' Waddill 73 

Potts, H. S. 72 

" H. S. Jr. 72 

" Leonora 72 

Powell, Annie L. 23 

" E. B. 23 

" Minnie E. 12 

" Minnie 145 

" R. W. 23 

" R. R. 23 

" William 23 

" William, children of ___ 23 

Prince, L. W. 163 

Quinn, Ella 26 

" Nannie 26 

" Mary 143 

" Mary Ann 140 

" Monroe 25-26 

" Monroe, children of 26 

Ragan, Lucinda __156 

" Rebecca 156 

Ratliffe, Gus 87 

" Louis 87 

" Sam 87 

Ray, Bessie 25 

" Madison 25 

" Mollie 25 

" Miss 159 

" Willie 25 

Reaben, Dr. 29 

" Dr., children of 30 

" C. C. 30 

" C. E. 30 

" E. M. 30 

" G. B. 30 

" W. H. 30 

Redfield, Annie 0. 87 

" Chas. 87 

" Chas., children of 87 

" C. G. 83 

" John 87 

" Lillian 87 

" Mary G 87 

" Nora 87 

" Sallie 87 

" W. G. 87 

Rem^y, M. F. 162 

Rex, Naomi 152 

Rice, S. T. 158 

Rogers, Francina 36 

" Mary 28 

Rutland, Alice 143 

" Arthur 143 

" R. L. 144 

" Willie 143 

" W. C. 143 

" W. C, children of 143 

'• W. P. 144 


Sanders, B. M. 157 

" B. M., children of 164 

" B. M. Jr. 164 

*' Carrie C. 164 

" C. G. 144 

" C. M. 164 

" D. H. 164 

" D. N. 164 

" Emmie 164 

" Ida 31 

" Joseph 157 

" Joseph 164 

" L. W. 157 

" Louisa 75-157 

" Mamie 164 

" Martha 157 

" Mattie 77 

" Mattie L. 80 

" Richard 164 

Savage, Harry 85 

" Prentiss 85 

Scaife, Fletcher 158 

" Paul B. 158 

Scott, Frank H. 78 

Settoon, Julius _ 75 

" L. L. 75 

" L. V. 75 

" L. v., children of 75 

" R. B 75 

Shank, Mr 159-160 

" Mr., children of 160 

" Felix _ __ 160 

" H. A. 160 

" Rosa L. 160 

Shearer, F. O. _ 130 

Shields, T. H. 81 

Shoemaker, Alice V. 152 

" A. J 152 

" David 151 

" David, children of 151 

" Douglas 152 

" Henry 152 

" L. T. 152 

" Martha 152 

" Mary L. 152 

" Rex 162 

" Roy H. 152 

" Rufus 151 

" Rufus, children of 152 

Siebe, Abner 34 

" Annie M. 34 

" F. E. 34 

" H. O. 34 

" J. T. 34 

" Julia 141 

" Myra 141 

" W. H. 34 

Sims, George 161 

Simpson, Orleans 77 

Smith, Ada C. 79 

" Adel 79 

" Angeline 29 

" A. P. 80 

" Cecil 76 

" C. E. 79 

" C. R 76 

" C. D. 79 

" E. 79 

" E, children of 79 

" Frances 79 

" Harriet L. 80 

" Helen 74 

" J. A. 79 

" John 74-155 

" John, children of 74 

Smith, Josephine 74 

" J. H. 79 

" Josephine C. 80 

" Laura L. 79 

" Leland 79 

" Lourinda 25 

" Margaret 80 

" Mary 74 

" Mary L. 80 

" Montgomery 79 

" Rankin 79 

" Rankin, children of 79 

" Sarah 7-79-139 

" Thomas H. 79 

" W. B. 79 

Spiller, Miss 155 

Stanford, Dicey 158 

Steed, Donald 24 

" Elizabeh , 24 

" Frances 24 

" Maria 24-25 

" Mildred 24 

" Missouri 24 

" Nancy 24 

" Phillip 24 

" Seymour 24 

" T. A. A. 24 

" T. M., Jr 24 

" Virginia 24 

" T. W. M. 24 

" T. W. M.„ children of__ 24 

" W. A. 24 

Steele, Abner 71 

" Abner T. 34 

" Abner T., children of__ 34 

" Ada 33 

" Archibald 29 

" Archibald, children of— 33 

" A. E. 31 

" E. W. 33 

" J. B. 33-34 

" J. H. 164 

" J. A 33 

" Julia 34 

" Laura A. 71 


" Luella — - - 33 

" Mary C. 34 

" Mollie 30 

" Whitman 33 

" Whitman, children of 33 

Stevens, Ida 142 

Stewart, Jennie D. 32 

Stinson, Sarah 78 

Storm, Mary 33 

Strother, A. E. 156-159 

" A. E., children of 159 

" A. R 160 

" A. R,, children of 160 

" Alphonso R. 156 

" Bettie 160 

" C. R. 160 

" C. R., children of 160 

" Clara 1— 160 

" Clara N. 159 

" C. A. 159 

'' Ella 159 

" Eugene 160 

" Flossie 160 

" Francis 156-159 

" Francis, children of 159 

" Frank 160 

" Frederick 160 

*' George 159 

" George __159 

" Grover 159 

" Henry 159 

" Holland 159 

" James A. 159 

" Jerre 159 

" John 160 

" John G. 159 

" John G., children of 159 

" J. S. 159 

" J. T. 159 

" Josephus A. 159 

" Josephus E. 159 

" Julian 160 

" Laura 160 

" Lillie 160 

" Louisa 160 

" Lucinda P. 160 

" L. P. 160 

" Lula 160 

" Martha 159 

" Maude 159 

" N. M. 159 

" Pauline 159 

" Ruth 160 

" Samuel 159 

" Sarah J. 159-160 

" T. R. 160 

" Thomas 156 

" T. C. 159 

" T. H 159-160 

" T. H., children of 160 


" Wm. Francis 159 

" Wm. Francis, children 

of 159 

" W. H. 160 

" W. T. 159-160 

Stroud, Emma 157 

Summerall, Rosa 33 

Taylor, M. 28 

Teat, Isla 141 

Terrell, Elvira G. 125-127 

Tliatcher, Walter 73 

Therrell, E. C. 74 

" E. E. 73 

" F. C. 74 

" G. C. 74 

" H C. 73 

" R. C. 74 

" R S 73 

" Children'"of"II"II"riI 73 

" S. C. 73 

Thompson, Jessie 161 

" Lourainey 35 

Thrasher, Judge 37 

Thweatt, E. S. 25 

" J. A. 24 

" J. A, 24 

" J, M. 24 

" Children of 24 

" M. L. 24 

" May E. 24 

" Maydie J. 24 

" M. B. 25 

" R. C. 25 

Tisdale, Lizzie 157-161 

Torrey, Mrs. M. C. 70 

" Thos. H. 88-89-90 

Townsend, Martha 12-144 

Trammell, B. 163 

" Hactie 163 

" J. G. 163 

" children of 163 

" Mattie 163 

Trawick, Cornelius 29 

" children of 33 

" Cornelius Jr. 33 

" Henry 33 

" Josephine 33 

" Kate 33 

" Luzenburg 33 

" Martha E. 33 

" Mary B. 33 

Tucker, Lou 162 

Vaughn, Miss 30 

Waddill, Nora 72-73 

Wadsv/orth, William 155 

Waggoner, Floyd 30 

Walker, B. S. 163 

'• Charlie 163 

" C. S. 163 

" Clifford 163 

" Cynthia 162-163 

" Daniel 157 

" children of 162 

" Daniel Jr. 162 

" Daniel 163 

" D. H. 162-163 

" D. H., children of 163 

" Hattie 163 

" Hickman 155 

" Irwin 163 

" J. H 163 

" Lucinda 162 

" Margaret 74-155 

" Marian 163 

" Martha 155 

" Mary H. 155 

" Mollie 163 

" Pierce 155 

" Rebecca 162-164 

" Robert 155 

" Robert, children of 155 

" Robert, 2d 155 

" Sandy 162 

" T. N. 162 

" W. S. 163 

Walsh, Wilile 158 

Waterhouse, Edith 34 

" R. G. 34 

Watt, Frederick 81 

Webb, A. C. 22 

" Agnes . 23 

" E. B. 23 

" James 22 

" James, children of 22 

" Julius C. 33 

" Mary T. 23 

" P. A. 22 

" R. R. 23 

" W. F. 22 

Wendling, G. M. 133 

Werner, Miss 73 

West, Eliza 20 

White, Sue 78 

Wiley, Susan A. 157 

Willard, Dorothy 26 

" Eleanor 26 

" J. H. 26 

" J. H., children of 26 

" Natalia 26 

" Roberta 26 

Willett, Edward 165 

" Emily 165 

" Hugh 165 

" J. E. 164 

" J. E., children of 165 

" Laurie 165 

" N. L. 165 

" Rosalie 165 

Wilson, N. C. 21 

" John 21 

" John, children of 21 

" Seymour 21 

Wolfe, Adelaide 76 

Wolfe, Joseph T. 76 

Womack, Mr. 29-30 

" Harriett 30 

" Noel 30 

Wood, May F. 76 

Woods, Mittie 21 

Wright, Annie A. 12-145 

" Bettie 78 

" Carrie A. 12-145 

" James 144 

" James, children of 145 

" J. A. 12 

" J. T. 12 

" John T. 145 

" John T., children 145 

" Joseph A. 145 

" Lucinda 156-159-160 

" Minine A 12-145 

Yates, Fountain 76 

" J. B. 76 

" J. B. Jr. 76 

Zellars, Elizabeth 161